Meridian Public Safety Academy Graduation

Meridian, Miss. Thirteen men and women graduated from the Meridian Public Safety Academy Monday night and became part-time law enforcement officers.

These individuals had to take a six month long course offered by Meridian Community College. The course includes all the classes and training that state police academies teach. The participants earned the authority that full-time police officers have. Mississippi State Senator Terry C. Burton was the keynote speaker at the graduation. He says even though these are part-time law enforcement officers, they always stay on duty.

"When you are a sworn-duty law enforcement officer, you are never really off duty. You are there 24 hours a day on call, when they call you, you've got to be ready to go," said Senator Terry C. Burton of Mississippi District 31.

"They stepped up to the plate, and really put forward their best foot. The whole class the whole six months, this group came together as a group. They worked good as a team and accomplished all the goals and objectives set by the course and by the state standards of training," said class director Michael Street.

If you are interested in signing up for the Meridian Public Safety Academy, you can contact Lynn Thrailkill at 601-481-1300.