Shelbourn Hopeful About Hiring Additional Officers

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The Meridian Police Department says it one day hopes to be able to add more officers to its force.

Chief Lee Shelbourn tells Newscenter 11 he ideally would like to add about 20 officers to his staff. Right now, the department employees right around 100 officers, but Shelbourn says he would like to increase that to about 120. For now, he says the department is providing the best possible service it can given the amount of resources available..

"We have several things that I would like to do," Shelbourn says. "A vision down the road and which personnel is a part of that. What we're doing now is getting our maximum benefit out of the officers that we do have. "