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Chief charts improvements to Bailey Police Department

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BAILEY — Police report a drop in crime and several improvements to the police station since Chief Steve Boraski started work early this year.

Boraski previously worked for a private police company and the State Capitol Police. Since being hired in February, he’s made several improvements to the Bailey Police Department, said town Commissioner Joel Killion, who oversees the department as police commissioner.

Boraski adjusted schedules to make sure an officer is always on duty Sunday mornings during church hours, and officers are more active during school mornings and afternoon traffic.

“Overall, with the flexible work schedules we have established, we are more visible throughout the community,” Boraski said. “All of us are getting to know the people and business. We have seen a reduction in crime due to the officers being out and about during different times of the day.”

Improvements to the police station include increased security lighting, a new street light in the alley and cameras added to the front and rear of the building. The back door was sealed to prevent flooding during rain, according to a list Boraski compiled at Killion’s request.

The police station including an audit of all files and decluttering of materials dating back two decades. Boraski and his officers cleared out the station’s evidence locker, turning over money to the Nash-Rocky Mount School Fund and firearms to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Boraski purchased a safe to separate duty weapons from seized weapons.

Patrol cars are now on a routine maintenance schedule with oil changes and tire rotations. The new vehicle commissioners agreed to purchase in September is expected to be delivered by year’s end.

The board voted to buy a 2020 V-6 Dodge Charger from Lee Dodge for $22,777, including $6,000 for upfitting of police lights and equipment.

Each of the department’s officers was assigned primary tasks such as investigations, traffic and evidence-keeping.

Boraski instituted the Nana Check program where officers frequently check on elderly residents; a safe area for internet exchanges with a security camera in front of the station, held an open house for the police department with more than 200 attendees; hosted the town’s first National Night Out, which had more than 600 attendees and donated $1,700 and school supplies to Bailey Elementary School.

The department applied for and received a grant from the North Carolina League of Municipalities for bullet-resistant vests.

The department resumed taking part in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s traffic enforcement campaigns after a lapse of more than five years. The department turned in enough participation points to purchase a new Python 3 radar unit for the new patrol car, valued at $2,300 with no cost to the town.

Officers worked at the N.C. State Fair to earn more points and Boraski is set to take a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant-writing workshop on Dec. 10.

Looking ahead, the department is sending officers to radar school and hiring an additional reserve officer.

“In 2020, we will review and update the policy and procedures manual,” Boraski said.