Meridian, Miss. The Meridian Police department has nine new officers on the force as of Monday.
Meridian Police Chief James Lee returned to work Monday after serving a 5-day suspension for workplace harassment and announced the additional officers.
The officers recently returned from the police academy.
"Just ready to go back to work, excited, proud of going through, proud of the department for having the trust and faith in us to be able to handle that," said Dwayne Furline, one of the new officers. "We sent nine people over there, and all nine graduated."
Lee has said the department needs more officers on the street, and these additions will help with that.