Saturday, November 20, 2021

Bless the New Recruits

 Wow! JPD added all of five officers to the force. WLBT reported:

There are now five more Jackson police officers who will be hitting the streets to serve and protect.

The Jackson Police Department hosted graduation ceremonies for the 65th/20th Basic Recruit Class Friday morning.

Family and friends gathered at the Jackson Police Training Academy, proudly watching the five new officers take the oath and receive pins and handshakes.

Chief James Davis said it’s tough all over the country to find people willing to serve. Rest of article.

How much money was wasted on training such a small class? Jackson could have sent those recruits through MLEOTA as Chief Lee Vance did. Unfortunately, at least five police officers quit JPD in the last two weeks.

Perhaps it's time to force the police union to agree to some changes. One problem facing JPD the inability to recruit much-needed police officers and detectives. Thanks to union rules, veterans from other agencies must take a pay cut and start as a rookie patrolman for three years before they can sniff a promotion. Thus all JPD can do is feel the force with rookies when veterans leave. Meanwhile, the rest of the law enforcement agencies in the Jackson Metro area are free to recruit whomever they please.


Anonymous said...

Please don’t tell me Jackson spent $500,000.00 (that is half of a million) on 5 recruits.

Anonymous said...

Any idea how many active police officers JPD actually has currently? How many have quit? What is the real number? Anyone have an educated guess?

Anonymous said...

Five new officers. Woo, hoo. This is a turning point against Jackistan crime. Happy times are here again..., right?

Ps - who would even apply to work at JPD in 2021?

Muldoon said...

Pardon my (prior) ignorance. I'm just now learning JPD uses their own academy instead of the state-academy for training purposes.

Any thoughts on the pros/cons of that?

Anonymous said...

@4:55 PM - Well, does Jackistan do anything right? What could go wrong, right?

Anonymous said...

The article says new PoPos must pay union dues. I thought Mississippi was a right to work state, with no requirement to join a union to hold any job.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that if a 20 year veteran detective or SWAT officer comes to JPD they have to be a rookie patrol officer for 3 years? Are they only paid the rookie patrol rate?

Anonymous said...

Ding dong the witch is dead! The crime problem in Jackson is now officially over. 5 new officers. 5! Safety and security - I already feel it. It is time for us all to move back to the City. In fact, I am on the phone with realtors right now, looking for a great deal before the prices in the Jackson zip codes skyrocket by Monday morning, and the streets are filled with glorious folks who have returned after spending the last 10 - 15 years in the Counties of Madison or Rankin. With this news, RIP, crime in Jackson. RIP.

Anonymous said...

@3:46, not sure of the exact number but I have been told around 150. I have direct knowledge from a Sergeant who tells me that at times he has two (2) officers on his shift to cover an entire precinct. There are 12-15 beats in each precinct. He says that pretty much all they do is answer 911 calls. That’s why people complain about slow response time or lack of police presence.
As far as recruiting veteran officers to work in Jackson, why would any qualified officer work knowing how the current administration feels about police officers. Without a change in the Mayor’s office and salaries that would entice officers to be willing to work in Jackson, the JPD will have to continue to try and rebuild with new recruits.

Anonymous said...

A 72 hour holding facility is not the answer. It’s a waste of time and money. What the hell is 72 supposed to accomplish? Not a dam thing especially when you pay your fine and out before the ink dry. Quit placing the blame in the DOJ and let the men/women go back to being the real police. Byram and Rankin had a checkpoint the other night and shut all that shit down. Way to go men and women. I saw a set of spike strips which I thought was genius. Four new tires, tow bill, bond money equals stay your ass in Jackson. If Marshand gets elected I’m letting the clueless voters have Hinds County and moving to Chicago where it’s much safer.

Anonymous said...

You complain when they don’t have enough officers to fight crime. You complain when they graduate new officers to fight crime. The way I see it: You just like to complain.

It has absolutely nothing in the world to do with JPD nor crime.

Anonymous said...

I don't know of any PD in Mississippi that's unionized, including Jackson. Nobody can be made to pay union dues in this state, PD or otherwise.

Muldoon said...

"The article says new PoPos must pay union dues."

The article I read doesn't say that. And if it did, it would be untrue.

Kingfish said...

JPD is unionized. The union is so weak and poorly run you don't even know it exists.

Anonymous said...

10:01 good point. In the certain areas of Jackson more checkpoints are needed to check for the wanted criminals, unlicensed and or uninsured drivers! You could also pick up a couple hundred guns from the underage and criminals in the process. Keep the pressure on these fools and they may try to do what’s right for a change.

Anonymous said...

It costs departments $3,600 per recruit to send them to MLEOTA for 12-weeks. That would have cost the tax payers of Jackson only $18,000.

How much did the academy cost JPD? They have to pay for instructors, class coordinators, etc etc. Those JPD officers could have been used else where instead.

Anonymous said...

Is this class/program recognized outside JPD?

KF: Post evidence that JPD is unionized. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I guess Beaver Cleaver could have called his treehouse club a union.

Just as some claim teachers in this state 'have a union'. They do not.

Any association, group, band of brothers, or klavern of sisters that has no bargaining rights, no election of shop stewards, no union grievance procedure, no contract, no contract negotiations and no protected rights of advancement and job assignment or the ability to strike and job recall.....IS NOT A UNION. Call them what you wish....They ain't a union.

Anonymous said...

You can take it to the bank that at least two of them are obese, or will be within 12 months. Disgusting.

Kingfish said...

Here you go stupid head.
poh-lice union website

Kingfish said...

Actually there is a debate over training. MLOETA is not seen as thoroughly training recruits for urban policing as does the JPD academy. Of course, the state school is more cost effective for JPD.

Anonymous said...

@4:55, What are the pros/cons of carrying brain matter inside your skull if you refuse to fire a synapse? Your eyes are useless as your mind is blind.

The. city. remains. in. crisis.

Anonymous said...

6:54 - If you're going to call out and chastise 4:55, shouldn't you at minimum reference his/her post instead of bouncing off the wall?

Anonymous said...

"Pardon my (prior) ignorance. I'm just now learning JPD uses their own academy instead of the state-academy for training purposes.
Any thoughts on the pros/cons of that?"

JPD has for years had it's own Academy. They tried going through MLEOTA once, but didn't work out for many reasons. The idea of their own Academy make sense as they can train them so there is uniformity in training. The Grads are all considered State Certified and if/when they leave JPD, they do not have to undergo State training other than the local jurisdiction training their new Department requires.

Anonymous said...

They don't seem to be in great shape for folks who just left "bootcamp". Kinda like kids still being lazy and fat after spending half a year at Camp Shelby. Musta been the juuuuuice !

Anonymous said...

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Can Chokwe interest Hollywood in a sequel? Would JJ-Dynomite take a break from Medicare Advantage to play Leftenant Graham.

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