Town hall meeting to address public safety

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore and the police department’s key supervisors will take questions from the public at a Sept. 24 town hall meeting in the boardroom at the Robert M. Walker Building.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced the 6 p.m. program at the start of Monday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. He said the one-hour meeting will be simulcast on VTV, the city’s local access television station, and Facebook.

Besides Moore, Deputy Chief of Operations Bobby Stewart, Deputy Chief of Administration Eric Paymon, patrol supervisor Capt. Penny Jones and investigations supervisor Lt. Johnnie Edwards will take questions.

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“We’re going to put them in our (the board’s) seats and we’re going to let them take some of the phone calls I get,” Flaggs said. “I’m going to be sitting in the back. I’m going to give public access to the police. Let them ask questions and let them (residents) tell them what’s going on in their neighborhood.

“Give them true access. I’m not going to say one word; I going to open up the meeting and let them go. Public safety and a zero tolerance for crime remain my top priority,” Flaggs said.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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