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MPD's excellent training could cost department money, experience

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Sept. 18, 2001
Meridian police officers' extensive training makes them a prime target for recruiters with other law enforcement agencies, possibly causing the MPD to lose money and experienced officers.
Acting Police Chief Benny DuBose said that before officers hit the streets, they participate in an in-house training program at the police and fire departments' shared training site on Sandflat Road. Their 14-week training program is in addition to state police academy training.
DuBose said officers take other jobs for $1 or $2 more per hour and better benefits.
If an officer takes a job with another law enforcement agency within three years of completing his state academy training, the agency must compensate the MPD for the state training expenses.
The law enforcement agency, however, is not required to reimburse the MPD for expenses related to the 14-week in-house training.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3275, or e-mail her at