Citizens in Fayetteville are showing their support for Police Chief Tom Bergamine’s Community Wellness Plan in record time. In the past 24-hours, three offenders listed on the Nixle.com alert system had solid tips called in on them within less than a minute after the alert was broadcast. Nixle is a citizen-interactive initiative involving community policing that was adopted as part of the Chief’s Wellness Plan.
Three arrests have been made over the past four days as a direct result of Nixle and the citizens who recognized suspects and called police. All of the arrests were made in less than thirty minutes from the time the alerts were sent out. Nixle.com notified the Fayetteville Police Department that it had placed a local media article on its national website earlier today regarding the capture of Leonard Baker last week, who was brought in by a bail bondsman who received a Nixle alert on his cell phone. The article can be seen at www.nixle.com/press.html.
The latest offender apprehended by the Nixle alert system is Joshua Cole Harris, 17, of 6799 Longparrish Court. Harris was charged with breaking and entering of multiple residences in the Zone 23 area, an area west of Strickland Bridge Road towards the Wal-Mart on Raeford Road.
Police issued a Nixle alert at 9:40am today (as seen in the actual alert below) and within one minute, a citizen called and told police where he was. Police arrested Harris at about 10am this morning. He is currently being processed at the Cumberland County Jail at this time.