Lee Talks Fighting Crime

Meridian, Mississippi Meridian's police chief is sharing his plan for continuing the city's fight against crime.

On Wednesday, Chief James Lee told members of Meridian's Rotary Club that police officers and the community will not allow criminals to destroy the city or to take control of it.

"I am not a black man, I am not a white man," Lee said. "I am a police man. I am the guy that your kids run to. I'm the guy that look for to help you. I'm the guy that sometimes makes a mistake, but often time is there when you hit the three little digits, 911."

Chief Lee also said despite the number of armed robberies and shootings that Meridian has seen so far this year, crime is no where near as bad as it is in other cities. Lee told the crowd that officers are now visiting neighborhoods and asking residents about specific concerns they have. He said he wants people to know the department cares, but said it's also going to take more manpower to get the crime problem under control.

"Yes and you know how we're going to get to that point?" Lee stated. "Rotary is going to come together and call those city council members, and call Curt (Goldacker), and call the mayor and say, we want more cops. Y'all put them there, you exercised your right."

Acting CAO Curt Goldacker said the city is currently looking at budgeting for more police officers. Right now, there are 94 officers.

A rotary member asked the chief if there will come a day where people will feel safe going to the grocery store late at night. He said, yes.

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