More possible protection for Blue Springs

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Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 3/12 12:18 pm
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA) - Blue Springs is a very quiet town of just over 400.

The mayor says there's still a need for good police protection.

Blue Springs only has one part time officer and is covered by the county sheriff's department.

But those deputies, the mayor says, are sometimes stretched thin especially at night.

Mayor Rita Gentry said, "We don't really have any crime, but you never know what's going to happen. We don't want our police officer out there like a man on a deserted island. We don't want him with no backup in case the county is far away from him and can't get to him immediately."

The towns of Blue Springs and Sherman are currently working on a possible interlocal agreement.

It would provide backup for the only part time officer in Blue Springs by the larger Sherman Police Department if needed.

That's welcome news to those at a recently opened child care center in Blue Springs.

Niki Lee with Rainbow Learning Center said, "With the children here it would make us feel a lot safer. We have a lot of traffic from Toyota. We're a 24 hour daycare and some Saturdays upon request. More police protection would be great especially during the night time hours."

The details of the agreement are still being worked out by the two towns. It would take state approval to become official.

If approved the Blue Springs mayor says the force in nearby Sherman could provide help during an emergency and, they in turn, would also be available to Sherman.

Gentry said, "We want the protection for everybody. Even if you're just visiting our city we want you to feel safe and welcome."

Sherman's mayor told us by phone while the details of this proposal are still being worked out, he overall welcomes the idea of helping out a neighbor when they can.
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