"For example we had a sergeant and one patrol officer out to cover the entire city. That's just not good, we need more manpower, we need more officers," said Maxwell.
Specifically, Maxwell is requesting for three replacement patrol cars and four additional officers in order for Magnolia to be properly served otherwise he's concerned about the citizens' safety.
"I don't think their getting the best protection that they can properly get," said Maxwell.
According to the city, all of Maxwell's requests will total about 250 thousand dollars and right now the only money that is available is 17 thousand dollars in the police department's maintenance fund meaning the department stands the chance of having to wait until the tax increase kicks in at the start of the year. Nevertheless, Maxwell remains optimistic that his department will get at least some of its needs met before January first.
"I think once the committee sits there and looks at it, that they'll
come up with a plan for where we can hire more officers and get more
cars," said Maxwell.
According to Maxwell, the police committee is expected to let him know what their decision is going to be within the next couple of weeks.
Myarklamiss.com tried reaching out to the Mayor Parnell Vann, but he was unavailable for comment.