Pelahatchie holds first ever Citizens Police Academy

Focused on Crime

Pelahatchie’s new police chief has been on the job less than 6 months and already he’s making history.

WJTV 12’s Margaret-Ann Carter was there as folks graduated from the town’s first ever citizens police academy.

When Chief Joseph Daughtry Senior took over his role in January, one of his first priorities was getting the community involved. Now just 5 short months later he’s doing just that.

Over the last week people in Pelahatchie were able to get a unique perspective on their town’s law enforcement.

From ride alongs to dispatch to an inside look at how investigations work, these citizens experienced a day in the life of a Pelahatchie Police Officer.

“I want to get everybody involved because we are their police department. I want them to have just as much ownership of us, as we do in the community, and that’s that partnership we have to have. A partnership with our community, if not things are just not going to work out. We can’t solve crimes without our community,” Police Chief Daughtry said. 

Daughtry knows how important it is to have a community that supports you.

“Law enforcement can’t do it by themselves, no matter how you look at it, I understand we’re trained to handle situations, but we need the community involvement,” the chief said. 

Folks like Katherine Mosley say the academy gave them a better understanding of what law enforcement goes through, and bigger appreciation for their men and women in blue.

“They only have a split second to make a decision at any moment… I think it’s very important that we come together, that’s the main thing is to be together. Officers get to know the citizens, citizens get to know the officers and it makes a more pleasant relationship,” Mosley said. 

Chief Daughtry says he already has people wanting to sign up for the next citizens police academy.

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