STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Back in 2010, the Starkville Police Department started a program to give residents proof of officers patrolling the area.
Because of the coronavirus, that program was put on hold, but now it's back.
Rebecca Jolly spent nearly her entire life in Starkville.
She feels the town is, for the most part, a safe community.
“Sometimes at night, it’s not the safest," she explained, "but I definitely feel like throughout the day it’s a very safe town.”
To comfort residents during these late-night hours, the department introduced the old program into their patrols allowing folks to know when an officer is in the area.
The program is called A.P.P.L.E., Active Preventive Patrol by Law Enforcement, in which officers leave an orange slip telling residents they've patrolled in your area.
John Michael Lay is a sergeant with the Starkville PD.
He believes these cards can help give residents some peace of mind when they're most vulnerable.
“When you’re at home and you’ve cut your lights off to go to sleep and you close your eyes, our officers are out there protecting you,” said Lay.
Residents will see the A.P.P.L.E. cards left on windshields or in mailboxes as officers walk through neighborhoods to make sure it's safe.
Starkville resident Katelynn Bateman appreciates the watchful eyes at night.
“I always go on runs at night because it’s really cool," explained Bateman. "It’s nice to like know that there’s people watching out for you.”
Sergeant Lay said don't be alarmed if you find the orange slip on your car in the morning, and if you don't you may find one in the future.