Mayor Cheri Barry and Assistant Police Chief James Sharpe sat down together Wednesday to discuss crime numbers in the city.
Sharpe says arrests are up, and most crime stats are down, with one exception.
"We have had an increased amount of armed robberies," says Sharpe, "but these are being committed by either one individual, or groups of the same individuals committing multiple offenses, but like I said we have made arrests on those."
Months after a series of public events in Meridian where citizens voiced concerns about crime in the city, like that Crime Summit called by Mayor Cheri Barry, it seems that many residents have answered the call to be a part of the solution.
MONTHS AFTER A SERIES OF PUBLIC EVENTS IN MERIDIAN WHERE CITIZENS VOICED CONCERN ABOUT CRIME IN THE CITY, LIKE THAT CRIME SUMMIT CALLED BY MAYOR CHERI BARRY, IT SEEMS THAT MANY RESIDENTS HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION
"I think it takes teamwork, and it takes this community getting involved," says Barry, "and I think that's been proven that's what's being done."
Sharpe says that extra patrols and using grant money to fund overtime pay has helped make more arrests possible.
"Commercial burglaries [for example] are down 52%, so we're making great strides."