Hattiesburg mayor returns from D.C., hopes money will follow

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Back from his trip to the nation's capitol, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree says funding for the city's police department will hopefully work out.

During the trip DuPree met with Mississippi's congressional delegation to get their support to seek the $12 to $15 million the city is hoping for.

Currently the department operates out of an old hospital building with certain areas abandoned because of deteriorating and environmental conditions. The plan is to renovate, but could change.

"It'll actually be according to where the funds come and what the criteria would be, you know. We actually don't want to have a large vacant building there. That's the foundation of that community. But if the funds come and say that you have to actually rebuild then certainly we'll do that," said DuPree.

No word yet on when those federal funds may begin to work way into the Hub city.

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