JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Respect, accountability, and safety are top priorities in the Jackson Police Department.
WJTV spoke with law enforcement here at home to see what the conversation is like on their end in the wake of police killings.
Local law enforcement says coming home to family is their top priority.
Simply hopping into a police cruiser is not as simple it sounds.
WJTV’s Melanie Dotson took a ride alongside Sergeant Roderick Holmes, a Jackson Police Supervisor who’s been working on the force for more than a decade.
During that time, he revealed the inner thoughts of what our local law enforcement agencies are dealing with.
“10-4. That vehicle description is going to be a purple Chevy Cobalt,” said Sgt. Holmes.
Sergeant Holmes is a husband and father whose daily prayer is to come home from a day’s work.
“You can’t predict what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen. Unfortunately, there are people out there who don’t have law enforcement in their best interest,” said Sgt. Holmes.
For families across the nation, their morning goodbyes weigh a little heavier.
“We’re here to service the public and we are here to protect them from all dangers known and unknown. Foreign and domestic. That’s what we do,” said Sgt. Holmes.
It’s a job that’s full of surprises and not knowing if today will be their last.
“I tell my guys rely on your faith. Stay prayed up, rely on your training because that’s what we’re trained to do is to handle our job out here on these streets,” said Sgt. Holmes.
During the ride along, news developed of a police involved shooting in Kansas City, Kansas where an officer later died after being shot by a fleeing suspect.
As Holmes’ gathered his thoughts of the fallen officer, he shared an emotional comment on recent police killings.
“It saddens me. My heart goes out to that officer’s family as well as to all the officers who have lost their lives here recently,” said Sgt. Holmes.
The Jackson native referred to his job as his passion, and that his goal is to leave the Capital City better than when he came nearly twelve years ago.
“It may not happen tomorrow, it may not happen the week after next, but if you stay consistent with it, and know that your heart is in the right place, and you’re doing the right thing, then you will see change; and you will see that you’ve made a difference out here on the streets of Jackson,” said Sgt. Holmes.
Right now, his top concern for him and his team is getting back home safely so that they can continue to keep the citizens of Jackson safe tomorrow.
“At the end of the day, the bottom line is we’re all going to go home to our families and our loved ones. That’s non-negotiable,” said Sgt. Holmes.
The Jackson Police Department will hold a week long Citizens Police Academy starting Monday, October 3, 2016 and will end the following Monday, October 10, 2016.
It’s designed to show you what officers experience on a day-to-day basis.
Goals of the Citizens Police Academy are the following:
-Promote “Community-Oriented Policing”
-Provide a forum for police and community interaction
-Work together to create a safer city
Citizens will learn about topics such as vice and narcotics, firearms safety class, crimes against people and property and many others.
To sign up for the class, please call (601) 960 – 1389.