STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - With college back in session, Starkville police are working to ensure students follow safety guidelines.
Starkville Police Chief Mark Ballard said his staff has been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of Mississippi State University students and residents of Starkville.
“If they are a student here at Mississippi State, they carry with them a certain responsibility,” Ballard said. “While they might not be fearful of COVID-19, there are a lot of people in this population here that are at-risk.”
For students who ignore safety guidelines, Ballard said police officers aren’t afraid to take action.
“We will take action here within the city of Starkville,” he said. “We take that role and responsibility very serious. You have to absolutely understand the responsibility that comes in the middle of a pandemic and that’s why our officers are out there.”
Of the 170 compliance checks police have conducted on local businesses, police officers have taken 21 enforcement actions since the mandates began in July.
To ensure Starkville’s safety, everyone's cooperation is needed, especially college students, Ballard said.
“This isn't about them. This is about those that we love that are at risk.”