MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders, we meet a police officer who has been patrolling the streets of Marion for nearly two decades.
“Knowing I can help somebody, putting a smile on somebody’s face. That keeps me coming back to this job every day,” Hopson says.
For 17 years, Sergeant Arthur Hopson has been serving the people in our area. Hopson graduated from Northeast High School and almost immediately started working for the Marion Police Department. He says his cousin was an officer and that’s what made him interested.
“I rode with him one night. I became familiar with it and that’s when I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Hopson says.
Keeping Marion safe is his top priority, He says he checks all the neighborhoods and does what he can to spot things that are out of the ordinary and deal with them before it turns into something worse.
“We do the best we can to try and keep people out that might cause problems to prevent crime from happening in Marion,” Hopson explains.
Hopson says he tries to talk to as many children as we he can while he’s on patrol. The Marion Police Department has several toy and school supply drives throughout the year. Hopson says things like that are very important.
“Kids are our future and we try to make sure they are on the right track,” Hopson says.
Hopson has three children, two girls and a boy. He says they are not interested in going into law enforcement themselves, but they are supportive of their father. Hopson hopes to continue what he’s doing for at least eight more years. He says he just wants people to know he’s trying to make a difference.
“Anything we can do to help somebody, we would want them to come to us here in Marion,” Hopson says.
To stay up to date with our First Responders series tune in every Sunday night for Newscenter 11 at 10:00 p.m. and on Good Morning Meridian on Monday mornings.