Meridian City Council approves security for Meridian Public School District

Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 4:09 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - After threats were made Sept. 9 at Meridian High School during a pep rally, Meridian Public School District leadership decided it was time to get the city’s police department involved in future public events.

Both the Meridian City Council and Meridian Police Department have agreed on a plan to assist MPSD.

“We’ve agreed that if police that are off duty are asked to work for the Meridian Public School District, they will be allowed to do that. The city school district will pay for that. They will supervise them at that point. The police chief says that she is in favor of this. She has no objections, so that is where we are right now,” said Ward 1 City Councilman Dr. George Thomas after a called council meeting Thursday.

Police officers at future events will be volunteer-based, working while they’re off-duty from the city, which means the city’s police staffing on shifts will not be affected.