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COUNTY TAKES OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR BASSFIELD

Jefferson Davis County Board of Supervisors and Bassfield officials met Wednesday to discuss the fate of law enforcement in Bassfield

 

Following legal discussions, the county board voted unanimously to allow the sheriff's department to absorb all law enforcement responsibilities in Bassfield. Bassfield was most recently running its police department under a law enforcement grant that has expired. The city board of alderman disbanded the police last week pending this morning's county vote. State officials say this process is actually quite common. Bassfield police vehicles and equipment can be transferred to the county, while Bassfield will receive a sheriff's department substation and 24-hour protection. Bassfield Mayor Pat Courtney says, "I am excited we got the support we did. Questions were asked, legal questions were answered with the attorney being there and we can do this. I'm just super excited that Bassfield's going to be covered and I love all of them. They are very helpful."

 

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Ron Strickland says, "As of right now with us taking over the part of Bassfield the city limits we're going to get advancement as far as cars and equipment. It's going to help us better patrol that area as well because we have a substation now and we'll also be there 24/7. It's going to benefit the county as a whole and Bassfield also.

 

Bassfield and Jefferson Davis County await final approval from the state attorney general's office as they begin ironing out legal details.

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