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Top stories of 2019: Flaggs reorganizes structure of Vicksburg Police Department

In October, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the proposed reorganization of the Vicksburg Police Department proposed by Mayor George Flaggs Jr.

A major change in the reorganization plan was the elevation of the patrol division commander to deputy chief of patrol. That position was eventually filled by Capt. Penny Jones, who at the time had been patrol commander.

“I believe the public should have total access to the police department and the fire department,” Flaggs at the time the plan was approved. “I believe when there is a direct correlation between the public and the police department, we can get better results.

“I believe Chief [Milton] Moore is doing a great job,” Flaggs said, but, he added “If we don’t reduce crime and if we don’t make this more accessible to the public, and we don’t provide public safety, I’m telling you, this is the first step. The next step you don’t want. If this doesn’t work, then I’m going to get the personnel to make it work, if I have to go to China to get a police officer.”