Unity Matters event raises money for Petal Police Department

Unity Matters event raises money for Petal Police Department
photo credit: Michael Milstead
photo credit: Michael Milstead

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A local organization put together a Unity Matters event to raise money for the Petal Police Department.

Members of the Three Percenters, a police support group, put together the event Saturday morning. Several members of the community met at Hinton Park and marched down Main Street to show their gratitude for their local police officials.

"It's absolutely important to support local law enforcement," said Michael Milstead with the Three Percenters. "If you can't support local law enforcement, that means you don't trust in your community or people who uphold the law. They are here to protect and serve."

Petal Police officers said it felt good to have members of the community show support for law enforcement.

"I think its good, its always nice to have the community behind the police department," said Sgt. Wayne Bounds.  "We live in a crazy world right now and the more support the police department can get from the community, the better off everything will be."

Mayor Hal Marx also showed up to the event to show his support for the police department.

"They put their lives on the line all the time for us for very little pay and not much gratitude," Marx said. "A lot of the time it helps to give them a pat on the back let them know we do care about them."

The Three Percenters ended up raising $340 for the police department. If you would like to donate money to the department you can go to Michael Milstead's Facebook page.