Meridian's mayor says crime in the Queen City is down right now.
Cheri Barry tells Newscenter 11's John Johnson that www.crimereports.com shows the drop in crime. Barry says while the city does not tolerate crime, it does not own the crime problem either, saying crime is everywhere. She says it is the hard work and dedication of the police department that is to thank for the lower crime these days.
"Over the last four years, four years now since I've been in office, we've had 21 murders," Barry points out. "That's 21 murders too many, but 16 of those have been solved with five being open. And then I go back a little further to 2003 and 2004, and we also had nine murders during those two years."
Barry is the latest mayoral candidate to be featured On the Record with John Johnson. The interview can be seen Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on WTOK-TV.