If there are any present or former members of the Vicksburg police force who read or contribute to this blog online, we would like to hear your opinions about the operations of the Vicksburg Police Department. We do not want character assassinations, rumors, persons with an ax to grind, etc., just facts or well-thought-out opinions and recommendations. If you prefer not to use your true identity, pick a screen ID; your identity will never be revealed to others unless you want it revealed.
The people of Vicksburg read the words of the Chief or Assistant Chief of Police regularly in the Vicksburg Post, but never hear from those in the ranks. Enlighten us. For example, the Holmans, who just decided to move from their house on Oak Street due to criminal activity, charged that the police were slow to respond and unconcerned about their welfare. Is that true? What can be done about the crime in the Oak/Speed Street area? The force has only 57 members out of an approved number of over ninety. Why? Why is there such a tremendous personnel turnover? Is it true that there has been over a 100% turnover in the ranks in the past year? Why all the resignations? How do you feel about the sheriff’s department? Would combining police and sheriff’s department improve law enforcement? Are you using the automated crime reporting system effectively? How can the public help you to better do your job? What would you like to say to the public?
Your comments will contribute to a better understanding of the problems facing the department, and to an appreciation for the job that you are doing. Your input is sincerely requested. Others who wish to thank the VPD for its work, or who have another message or recommendation for them, are also invited to comment.