PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Off duty officers from the Petal Police Department joined in to give back to the community on Wednesday by helping an elderly resident get her yard back into a manageable condition.
The project is part of the department's efforts to give back to the community and letting them know they aren't only concerned with the safety of Petal's residents, but are also concerned with their welfare.
In this case, it was planting flowers, spreading top soil into holes and putting pine straw in the flower beds that had over-grown.
The yard's condition made it dangerous for the elderly resident to do something as simple as walking across her yard, and the work was something that the resident couldn't do for herself.
Chief Leonard Fuller was on site to give his men a hand with the labor.
"It's important to let them know that we're just not officers riding around here in a black and white car," said Fuller "What we're doing in Petal is not only protecting them but being involved in the community and helping the citizens."
This isn't the first time the Petal Police Department has organized to give back, last month they helped another resident clean up their yard and next month they are planning to conduct a railroad safety project. The materials for this project were donated by Adams Nursery and Fairley Construction.