Help Is On The Way

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Working without air conditioning is tough for anyone, but try working in a stuffy office with a black uniform on, plus protective vests and other gear.

With the hottest summer days still to come, that's what Meridian police officers have already been dealing with.

"Under the adverse conditions we've been working under, [officers] still keep a positive attitude, and do an excellent job," says Chief Lee Shelbourn.

Chief Shelbourn says he's being patient as plans to build a new police department continue to be stalled.

"Temporarily, Pike County has offered us a portable air unit," says Shelbourn. "We'll be leaving [Wednesday] morning to pick that unit up, which will suffice until we get that new building."

We have been unable to get an update on the police station project from Watkins Development of Jackson in recent weeks, but Shelbourn says David Watkins is still in close contact with Meridian officials.

"The Mayor and the CAO are meeting with Watkins Development concerning the progress of the new police station on 22nd Avenue, and we have every reason to believe and think positive that this project is going to be moving forward," Shelbourn said.

A target date for completion of that new police station is still up in the air. But for now, officers will settle for some temporary relief, and that relief will arrive Wednesday from Pike County.

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