Arrests Made in Burglaries, More Expected

Meridian police say a half dozen arrests have been made in a strings of recent burglaries. Some of those arrested could be linked to other break-ins.

The MPD says it currently has 29 burglary investigations underway.

Officials with the Meridian Police Department and E-911 say they are addressing citizen concerns about officer response time when crimes are reported.

"Our normal response time is less than 5 minutes for any call that we have in the city," said Police Chief Lee Shelbourn.

Frank and Tei Dotson, who have been victims of burglary and attempted theft, say it took officers 20 minutes to respond to a 911 call from a friend who had captured three suspects.

According to officials with the police department and the 911 dispatch center, responding to such calls takes a team effort.

When you call 911, your call is taken by a dispatcher at the E911 office and categorized by priority, from what's most urgent to that which is least urgent. Law enforcement is then notified about the incident, and once an officer or deputy becomes available, a dispatcher from this office sends the available officer or deputy to the next most urgent call.

"Our dispatch supervisor monitors and reviews radio and phone transmission to make sure that we are following the standard operating procedures that we have," said Jared Stanley, E-911 director. "And our standard operating procedures are set by the individual departments and approved by the 911 Commission which oversees the whole operation."

As concerns by some citizens, like the Dotsons, are being raised, officials with the police department and E-911 say they are constantly striving to ensure that all calls are responded to in a timely manner.

Meanwhile with patrols being beefed up in areas where many of the recent burglaries have occurred, Chief Shelbourn says there will be more arrests.

"We have 6 outstanding warrants on individuals we have identified and issued warrants for their arrests," Shelbourn said.

According to the chief, several people who have already been arrested for the burglaries are juveniles. He says some of the newly-issued warrants are also for juveniles.

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  • by help on Sep 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    to john the only reason why that cop didnt want u to press charges is because he didnt want to do the paper work like every other cop and he figure that they would b dead in a few years
  • by John Location: Meridian on Sep 3, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    In response to Help.GET OVER IT!You should be concerned that burglars were caught not what their color is!Besides,the police dept may have reasons,like their ages,for not posting pictures! I had a van broken into and the officer convinced me NOT to press charges because they were juveniles and deserved another chance in life! Oh by the way they were all (5) BLACK. The officer was WHITE.Deal with your heart!!!
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Sep 3, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Almost everyone knows that juveniles pictures are never published, whether they are black or white. This is a situation where there is a lack of supervision by parents.
  • by help on Sep 3, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    they must have been white kids bcause if they was black it would have been breaking news and there facews would be all over the news and news paper
  • by Don Location: lawrence,ms on Sep 3, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    i give the officers and dispatchers a A-1 for there work. Lauderdale County and Meridian is a large area and officers can't be on the scene in just minute. As a former officer I understand.........
  • by unknown Location: dunrovin,meridian,miss on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    someparents is not concern about what there kids do
  • by Curious on Sep 2, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    Where are parents of these children ? Haven't they noticed the stolen goods ?
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