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Emergency -- 911    Non-Emergency -- 704-633-3574

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Chief James began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a police dispatcher and campus police officer at UNC-Charlotte. In 1981, hewas sworn in as a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and assigned to Raleigh. He moved through the ranks of the Patrol and retired as a Major in 2009 after serving as the Director of Troop Operations for all troops throughout North Carolina.

In 2010, James was appointed as the Chief of Police in Spencer where he continues to serve. Chief James is a Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In 1990, James completed the Northwestern University Nine Month Police Administration Training Program at Evanston, Illinois. Chief James is a past recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine Award in 2009.

Master Police Officer Promotions held July 2, 2018

MPO Safrit, Badge Pinned by Wife

Pictured Left to Right:
MPO/Investigator S.S. Safrit;
Police Chief M.T. James;
MPO C.R. Insley

MPO Insley, Badge Pinned by Father

Lions Club of Salisbury - Awards Officer of the Year to Officer S.S. Safrit

Pictured from Left to Right: Det. M.J. File, Officer of the Year S.S. Safrit, Chief M.T. James, Officer C.R. Insley, Officer J.A. Stein and Officer T.C. Honeycutt.

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600 S. Salisbury Ave
Spencer, NC 28159
Office - (704) 633-3574
Fax - (704) 633-3837

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chief of Police
M.T. James

First Sergeant
Patrol Operations
M.N. Brigman