After 26 years in Federal law enforcement, working for agencies like the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Meridian native and new Police Chief James Reed is happy to be back home. As some areas of the city are seeing a rise in crime, and younger offenders, he hopes that his return will help put an end to it.
"With me coming back, we are hopefully role models that some of the young people can look forward to and look to see who are providing positive influence in the city of Meridian."
He is utilizing his chain of command, and as citizens call him with tips and concerns, he makes sure that the right department gets that information and researches it thoroughly before they act.
"We're going to take our time and be methodical in our efforts to make sure that when we do arrest the couple of parties, we have the right parties."
As a former Federal agent, he knows how important relationships between agencies are. He believes that a healthy relationship between city, county, state, and federal agencies is key to helping solve and reduce crime.
"Most recently when we were ready to serve a search warrant this past Friday, thinking we may end up out in the county, we contacted the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office and we spoke with the Sheriff's Office and they were more than willing to help us."
The police department is having a tough time dealing with all of these issues because of the state of their current facility. The chief hopes that they will be able to move into their brand new building in the spring.
"Having a new facility to work in will certainly give us an uplifting spirit and morale."
As he continues to get settled. Reed wants the people of Meridian to know that he appreciates their comments, and hopes to meet with as many local clubs and organizations as he can to help bring the community together.