Citizen Police Academy

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Meridian Police have spent the last several Tuesday night's giving citizens of Meridian a crash course in law enforcement.

As one of the head instructors and organizers of the Citizen Police Academy, Mike Vick says the program has exceeded his expectations.

"[Students got about 10% of what they would have done if they would have gone to a regular police academy," says Vick, "including a little bit of driving and a little bit of shooting time, and they got history of law enforcement."

Vick says that several soon to be graduates are hoping to start a community-wide Neighborhood Watch program now that they have this extra training.

"[Which] goes right into what we've been talking about for a long time now, which is needing the support of the citizens," says Vick,
"and how much better that makes our community when there is a buy in from the citizens."

Graduation is set for Thursday night and about 20 participants are expected to take part.

Another Citizen Police Academy is set to start later this month, and there are still spots available.

You can call 601-484-6890 for more information.

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  • by Randall on Apr 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    The "public service announcer" of MPD had to find some kind of new sham to keep his job....he has no clue of how to really fight crime...doesn't even know the laws himself! Does anyone know where he stays all day???
  • by cw on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    just what we need more goofies with guns and false beleif of security
  • by Roger Location: Meridian on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    I just had a thought.
    Are there any kind of background checks done on people going to this academy?
    What would keep some unsavory group from attending this course, them trying to enforce thier own interpretation of law?
    They would claim to be on the side of law.
    Could you imagine if this group was taken over by those who are calling for the killing of ________ in Fl?
  • by HL Location: Meridian on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    I see a BIG problem in the making here. First off, why are they training amateurs in driving and shooting technique? Did I see and hear that correctly? Why were all of the citizens in the class shown on TV white? Were there no other races in the community represented? I see so many bad scenarios playing out.... Are we training neighborhood watch groups, or vigilante pursuers? Chase and shoot is what it appears to me, rather than survelliance and communication. Trayvon Martin Part II in the works. MPD should focus more on high crime areas with patrols and a more highly visible presence within these areas. Law Enforcement! Not Traffic Enforcement! I recognized two of the new Citizen Academy Graduates, and it concerns me they will be armed and trained. Put on your seatbelts folks... going to be a heckuva ride!!!
  • by David Location: meridian area on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    Interesting idea. Nice to work towards getting the citizens back involved. Wait, some years ago, the city of meridian passed a blue law that caused many citizens to quit carrying their guns in their vehicles and have seldom backed citizens who defended themselves. In fact, Fine meridian police officers threatened to arrest An armed security officer for returning fire(thats returning fire) at a person who took a shot at him back in the mid 90's. The man lost his job. Meridian Detective deano once pulled his weapon on security officers who were standing in a yard with a firearm, as a cadet rose up from the passenger seat right in front of officer deano's pistol. Now were gonna see an hour of firearms training and citizen police? Lord, im glad i no longer live in Meridian. The fact is, if people had been left alone on their gun ownership, and laws for illegal use enforced properly, this would be un necessary
  • by Sprite Location: Meridian on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    At least they're trying to help. You doing anything???
  • by what? on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    gonna be zim/ martin all over again. at least train them to disable a criminal/suspect not kill them a lot goes on in a situation where deadly force is warranted but not MANY!!!
  • by Roger Location: Meridian on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Here comes the Ghestapo.
    Watch your back citizen, the Police State has come to Meridian Ms.
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