public safety

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Maybe you've seen one in a parking lot at Wal-Mart, or outside the mall during the holidays. A keen-eyed television viewer might spot them among the crowd at the Superbowl, or in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

CharMeck.org

Emergency calls to Mecklenburg County's ambulance service have grown about twice as fast as the population since 2010. MEDIC Director Joe Penner told county commissioners Tuesday that most of the growth has come in non-emergency calls - people who call because of a breakdown in their social support systems.