Officials Say MPD Building Has Numerous Problems

From mold, to mildew, peeling paint and cramped quarters, the Meridian Police Department has its challenges. Built in 1973, the building is less than 40 years old, but to some appears much older.

"We've had to place garbage cans in certain areas just to keep water from free flowing from the roof into the building," said Assistant Chief Jeff Lewis.

Lewis says although the roof has been patched a number of times, leaking continues to be a problem. Several buckets even have to be placed on the chief's desk to catch water when it rains.

"They're not the best conditions in the world, but at this time with economics the way they are, we are dealing with what we're having to deal with for right now," Lewis said.

When it comes to coping, officers say it's sometimes difficult. In fact, they tell us that several years ago briefings for officers often had to be held outside due to one officers' allergies.

Also, in several offices behind the city's courtroom there is no air or heat operating, and because of mildew, carpet in at least four of those offices and the hallway recently had to be removed.

On the second floor where the city's jail cells for females, supplies and archives are kept, there is no air nor heat. Employees who work there say the situation with no heat and air is so bad that last summer hot temperatures caused a cable line to fall.

From rats on the second floor to ripped wallpaper in the break room, Lewis says a lack of money is a major problem.

"We'll make it with what we've got for right now," he said.


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  • by future police officer on Apr 25, 2010 at 01:19 AM
    DEAR EVERYONE:: THE POLICE DESERVE A NICE WORK ENVIORNMENT. They go all over the town into horrible living conditions and put their life on the line for minimum-wage. The least this city could do is give them a nice office. Look at that beautiful county jail we have. Why can't MPD have one too?...MPD deserves a new building. I agree with LADY the old mall would be perfect!!!! We aren't doing anything else with the building. and it would be plenty of room to hold paper work officers and prisoners. GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Lady Location: Meridian on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    I don't think the old Sears bilding will work. Why, what about parking seems it has a small amount of it. How soon will it need something new? How about the old mall property? Has LOTS and LOTS of space for parking and room to grow in the future. What is the price on it? It seems to me you could start off small there and build one part at a time where is it that it has to all be done at once over night. Rome was not built in a day. The old mall will have room for parking and growing in the future.
  • by Amazed at Just Because Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    So you would be okay with your tax dollars being spent to send officers to the Police Academy and ongoing training to have them spending their time on building maintenance? The city has people on the payroll to maintain the buildings. The building was poorly constructed to begin with. Money that should've been spent maintaining the building was spent elsewhere, as Chuckles said, on monuments. Mayor Barry is going to do something about the PD building. Give her a chance.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    Hey Just Because: Have you considered that the officers might be, oh I don't know, busy PROTECTING THE CITY?! Come on, I know you're not that stupid. Please tell me you aren't... The lack of respect that you've shown for these officers is amazing. Grab a clue. The building is just old and was probably poorly constructed in the first place. Give these guys and gals an adequate HQ to work out of.
  • by rl on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    buy some tile, clean it up... fix the roof and air....whats hard about that... skipper knpws where the money is. forfiture.....duh.. the money that was spent on the property on the pretense of a new pd needs to be refunded to the interdiction funds before someone gets in trouble.. § 41-29-185. Disposition of forfeited property transferred pursuant to federal property sharing provisions. One hundred percent (100%) of any seized and forfeited property to be transferred to any state or local law enforcement agency under the provisions of 21 U.S.C.S. 881(e)(1), 19 U.S.C.S. 1616(a)(2), or other federal property sharing provisions, shall be credited to the budget of the state or local agency that directly participated in the seizure or forfeiture, for the specific purpose of increasing law enforcement resources for that specific state or local agency. Such transferred property must be used to augment existing state and local law enforcement budgets and not to supplant them.
  • by Meridianite Location: Meridian on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    To address Just Because.....how can the police officers "fix" a problem when they see one? They, like all city agencies are dependent on the city to approve all "fixes" to buildings. Have you ever considered that the police "powers that be" all through the years put in requisitions for things to be fixed, only to be told there was no money in the budget? Why don't people THINK before opening their mouths!!! Since I have been drug down to the station by crazy neighbors for the past two years (I had never been in the building before), I have seen the horrible conditions for myself. These policeman put their lives on the line every day so we can enjoy our freedom from criminals. They are not after $$$....how can they be when Meridian Policemen are the lowest paid in the area!! Even Philadelphia, MS pays their officers more!!!!
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Unfortunately the previous mayor spent the city into a hole by building monuments to himself.
  • by in meridian all my life Location: meridian on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    it's really a shame to see this dis-repair it really is
  • by Just Because Location: Meridian on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    Hey look at the problem in a much better way. If the Officers would take care of the station as if it were their home - then it would be in a much better condition. They just don't care. Their joy is just a job and some of them are not doing their job. They are only there for the dollar bill. It is sad but it is true. Putting them in a new building is not going to matter. They will have to care and if they cared then that station would not be in the condition that it is in right now, because someone should have seen the destruction before the problem gotten worse. They saw a hole - patch it, they saw a crack seal it. Trash on the floor pick it up. You all are so called grown men and women, stop trying to blame the New Mayor and the New Chief, it was like that before they came in the picture. Now blame fault some where else. Officers - do you job inside because you are not doing it outside. Keeping it real.
  • by Everette Location: Union on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:42 AM
    This Is Sad That Meridian Police Officers Have To Work In This Type Of Envoirment,This Could Very Much Hamper Their Ability To Do Their Job And GOD Knows Meridian Needs All The Good Police Work That It Can Get,I Was One Of The First Police Officers To Work In That Building,When This Building Was Constructed It Did Not Offer Any Aspect Of Expansion And The Construction Was Shody To Began With,Meridian Needs To Give Their Police Officers A Modern Facility To Work In And They Can Do Their Job More Efficently.
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