The Clinton Police Department’s popular Citizens Police Academy will be back for a fourth offering, from September 10 through September 15. The class is held in the evenings from 6p-9p Monday through Thursday, from 8a-2p on Saturday, and with ride-along set for Friday. Ride-along times will be scheduled individually by each participant.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to give participants an in depth look at how Clinton police operate. Goals of the Citizens’ Police Academy include:
To educate and inform the community about the Clinton Police Department;
To promote the “Community-Oriented Policing” philosophy;
To provide a forum for police and community interaction;
“Our goal is to strengthen citizen awareness by promoting positive partnerships between police and the community to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the City of Clinton,” said Hayman.
The course is open to anyone older than 18 and requires a background check by the department.
Participants in the program visit a number of places within the county police department, including the 911 communications center, the bomb squad, animal control, and special weapons and tactics (SWAT), according to program coordinator Mike Kelly. Students also will learn about use of force and how to assess a scene in which force might be necessary.
Students will also learn about new technology being implemented by CPD and CPD’s use of body-worn cameras.
The citizens program is one of the best public relations tools available to the police department, Hayman said.
“The Clinton Police Department would like to use the Citizens Police Academy program to create positive relationships between the community and the police,” saod Lt. Mike Kelly, who serves as the department’s community relations officer. “Our goal is to make a safer city through community-oriented policing and better understand how to serve our citizens at the same time. We hope to educate members of the community about how the Clinton Police Department works and invite them to become active members in our efforts to make the City of Clinton a great place to call home.”
Typically, people sign up for the program to learn about how police are trained, how the various units within the department operate and the laws officers follow, Kelly said, adding that the program adds transparency to the profession and gives students an idea of a side of policing rarely seen.
“This is kind of like an up-close-and-personal opportunity for them to learn about what the police department [does],” Kelly said.
To enter the program, applicants must pass a background check, Hayman said, noting that not all applicants will be chosen for the first round of the academy this spring. With plans for additional academies in the future, Hayman hopes to make this a recurring program of the Police Department.
For more information, visit the City website, or call Lt. Mike Kelly at 601-924-5252.
Budget adds new staff and significant park renovations
Mayor Phil Fisher and the Board of Aldermen for the City of Clinton, will hold a special called meeting at 7:00 A.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 to adopt the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget. The meeting will be held in the Municipal Courtroom, 305 Monroe Street and is open to the public and media.
Highlighted in the 2019 proposed budget are the addition of a new fulltime judge for Municipal Court, hiring a full time Economic Development Director, employee pay raises and a $2 million Capital loan for improvements to Traceway Park, construction restrooms at three parks and construction of a soccer stadium at Traceway Park.
During the September 4 regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, a public hearing was held to receive comments on the proposed 2019 FY’ Budget. The video archive of that meeting can be viewed on the City of Clinton Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clintonmiss.
Main Street Clinton’s Cruzin’ Clinton Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, and is open to all makes and models. The show will begin at 9am with the popular car parade from Clinton Plaza Shopping Center through town, followed by the show in Olde Towne from 10a until 1p.
Car enthusiasts are encouraged to make plans to dust off the old dashboard, apply a fresh coat of wax, and enter the show. Pre-registration is $20, and on-site registration is $25.
There is no admission fee for the public to view the cars.
individuals interested in entering a car can register at www.mainstreetclintonms.com/cruzin or call 601-924-5472 for more information.
The Clinton Visitor Center, at Milepost 89 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, is the backdrop for HISTORY at its best portrayed by living historians on aspects of the Civil War and War of 1812. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 10am-3pm. You do not want to miss this informative, fun, and entertaining event for the entire family. The visitor center would like to express appreciation to the many living historians who give of their time and talents to portray these moments in history.
SEE the flash, SMELL the smoke and FEEL the roar of an 1841 6-Pound field artillery piece as you meet the civil war reenactors of The 3rd Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans. They will be demonstrating the ordnance and firing order of the smooth bore cannon which will be fired on the hour and half hour beginning at 10:00am. They are distinguished as the most widely-known and prestigious Confederate Artillery Battalion of the American Civil War. Local 3rd Company reenactors from Clinton are Alan Chambers, Glenn Sikes, R.C. Stricklin, and Mike McGuffie. Other members are Charlie Ferg, Charlie Mott, Kevin Davis, Jacob Davis, and Dan Harthcock.
HEAR the story of the Union Inland Navy that became The Mississippi Squadron, one of the greatest, yet least studied, aspects of the Civil War. You will meet Gunners Mate L. Osborne as he tells you about the ironclads and gunboats they created, their patrols of thousands of miles of rivers, and the battles they fought inside the iron monsters! You can view some very interesting artifacts!
SPEAK to an 1812 Physician/Surgeon and see why medicine was drastically different in 1812 than what it is today. Most sicknesses were treated at home and involved family remedies. Operating methods were primitive, and completely unsanitary in most cases. It was a bad time to be in need of medical treatment at home, as well as in the midst of battle. Dr. Frank (Butch) Kirtley will entertain you with his practices and remedies of the era!
The Clinton Visitor Center is located at 1300 Pinehaven Road. To get there, take the Clinton exit at Milepost 89 on the Natchez Trace Parkway and turn left onto Pinehaven Road; or from I-20 take Exit 36 and turn north onto Springridge Road which becomes Pinehaven Road.
Parking is available at the Clinton Visitor Center, and additional parking is available at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 1301 Pinehaven Road. Use the sidewalks and walk signal at the traffic light to walk north to the visitor center.
For more information call 601. 924.2221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org