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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