LUMBERTON, MISS. - Residents in Lumberton can go to bed tonight feeling a little safer, as their police department adds more manpower to protect the community. The Lumberton Police Department added 6 new officers to the staff Friday morning, bringing their total numbers to an all-time high with 17 officers.
“In my recent years of knowing the Lumberton Police Department, I believe this is maybe the highest number officers we've had,” Lumber Police Chief, Carlus Page said. “We need manpower. I believe every police department in America needs more manpower. There's a lot going on that we face with the criminal element and we need help.”
However, Page did mention that the department took a big step in the right direction Friday.
“Well, you have a strong police force now, and we're still building,” Page said. “We're still growing internally, but I think we have the foundation set. Three months in office now, and we're on the right track and the sky is the limit.”
The new hires Christan Broom, Joszef Scott, Kenneth Heidelberg, Zach Rooke, Garry Lumpkin and Winston Terrell, all began their duties on Friday, right after swearing-in.