LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The Lumberton Police Dept. was out in force Wednesday, as it always is, trying to keep that town safe. The problem is, that force was only half the size it was Tuesday, after the Board of Aldermen laid-off four full-time officers.
Mayor Ben Winston said financial problems prompted the cuts and said public safety won't be adversely affected, because the town is going to get some help from the Lamar County Sheriff's Dept.
"We have to do what we have to do," said Winston. "Because the fact of it is, if you don't have the money to pay people to work, to provide service for you, they're not going to be here," he said.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Wednesday he'll do what he can to assist the Lumberton Police Dept.
"We're going to have to plan on shifting some of our manpower a little farther south, because we know the calls are going to come in where they're going to need a back-up," he said. "You're going to see the same presence all over the county, but we're just going to pay special attention to Lumberton to try to get them through this time," he said.
Four part-time officers also work for the Lumberton Police Dept.