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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