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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  • by David Location: Meridian on May 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    Of course Police Officers are out patrolling in air conditioned cars but there is an Officer manning the front desk 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The front desk Officer is burning up to serve the citizens. Since everyone wants to complain, maybe the Police Chief should only open the desk during Bank hours! That will give some relief and still allow the citizens to conduct business during normal working hours!
  • by Unconcerned Location: Black Hills of Meridian on May 30, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    I always see the police parked somewhere chatting with fellow employees,so what's the guide lines concerning that situation?(a puzzled tax paying citizen)
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on May 30, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    Move them over to the 30 million dollar palace, this is an absolute disgrace!!!!
  • by Bob on May 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    Not many officers in the station, they are staying cool in thier cars...move to the temp city hall.. its Mema and get their portable air the air guard and get theirs... the air has been this way for years.... quit talking and do something.. its hot at the PD
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      by Laura on May 31, 2012 at 08:45 AM in reply to Bob
      I agree with Bob----there are other viable solutions for MPD's problem with the air conditioning. Why not look into Bob's suggestions----or are you going to continue to sit on your collective hands, City of Meridian?
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    is this why the mpd clowns stay in their squad cars parked at cefco??
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      by Inside Information on May 30, 2012 at 07:53 AM in reply to
      They also have officers and civilian employees that work in that building all day. With an intelligent comment like that, No wonder you prefer to be anonymous.
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