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Establishment of the “Mississippi Joint Municipal Law Enforcement Act” #billoftheday

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 19, 2019

This bill that has made it through the House and been transmitted to the Senate, would allow for two or more municipalities to create a joint police department.

HB 260, authored by Rep. Bryant Clark, would only be able to be enacted if the governing authorities of those municipalities find it in the best interest of those communities. The joint departments will be overseen by a board of directors, whose membership is outlined in the bill.

The bill reads:

The governing authorities of two (2) or more  municipalities may, by resolution, determine that it is in the best interests of the municipalities to establish a joint municipal police department. In determining whether or not to establish a joint municipal police department to best serve the needs of the citizens of the municipalities, the governing  authorities of a municipality shall take into consideration, but shall not be limited to, the following:

The bill has not yet been sent to a committee in the Senate for further discussion.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah:
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