Petal PD donates TASERs to schools, Lamar County

By HASKEL BURNS,

Two local police organizations will be the beneficiaries of several TASERs donated from the Petal Police Department.

The Petal Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to remove 23 TASERs from the inventory of PPD, which will be replaced by newer equipment. Six of the TASERs will be donated to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department, while eight will go to the Petal School District Police Department. Eight will be destroyed, and one will be placed in evidence.

“We just got new (TASERs),” Mayor Hal Marx said. “They’re only good for so long, and with us getting new ones, some of these that are still good, they can go to some other departments. We got newer versions.”

The PPD has 26 sworn officers, in addition to a few part-time officers.

“So we may have gotten 30 or so (TASERs), because we usually have a few there for when the part-time people come in to work,” Marx said. “Then all the sworn officers have one assigned to them, so we probably got about 30 in all.”

In other action Tuesday, aldermen voted to:

• Accept the resignation of Caleb Jordan from the Petal Fire Department effective December 3;

• Sponsor Petal’s Distinguished Young Women program;

• Approve a request for Police Chief Matthew Hiatt to attend New Police Chief’s Orientation in Ridgeland from January 13-17 at a cost of $614; and

• Approve a request for Rick Varner to attend Intoxilyzer Certification class at Camp Shelby on December 18 at a cost of $50.