SEMINARY, MS (WDAM) - The town of Seminary is hosting a public hearing on August 27, 2013 at 6:00pm to discuss the introduction of its own police department. Currently, the Covington County Sheriff's Office is responsible for patrolling the area and providing a night watchmen service.
"This county has four hundred square miles of land area and you can only cover so much with three or four officers during the day," explains Mike Wilcosky, Alderman of the Town of Seminary.
But as the town's population grows, this is simply not enough security for the people of Seminary.
"It would be a great benefit for our town to have the added security of police officers during the daytime," says Tanya Pendleton, a local bank employee. "As someone that works at a bank, I know that businesses would profit from this as it would deter potential crime."
Many other community members agree. It is also important to note that if the Seminary Police Department is approved, its introduction will not raise taxes. The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing. Any questions and concerns will be addressed at that time.
"From the sheriff's office perspective, it would be freeing up county resources to be able to respond quickly," says Michael Kelly, Covington County Sheriff's Deputy.
It seems like it is time for Seminary to have a police department of its own.