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Byram Police take control

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It was a proud day in the history of the Byram community as for the first time ever they will provide their own law enforcement starting Wednesday. That provision was made official at a Changing of the Guard ceremony at the new Byram Police Department on Southpointe Dr., Tuesday morning.

The city's protection was transferred from the Hinds County Sheriff's Department to the City of Byram.  Police Chief Luke Thompson said the move is a testament to how much Byram has grown and improved.

"It's a tangible result to their extra tax dollars," Thompson said. "It's a tangible result of the incorporation efforts that they fought so long for."

According to city leaders, it's been a long, tough road to this point.  Emphasizing the decades long battle to get the community incorporated, which finally happened in 2009.

In June 2010, the Byram Board of Aldermen hired Luke Thompson to serve as police chief. He initially projected that it would take 12 to 18 months to build a police force.  It has actually taken city officials, with Thompson at the lead, 50 weeks.

"We started out literally in the back of a storage closet in City Hall and today (Tuesday) we're ready to show off our new police station and ready to take over police services tomorrow."

Residents can expect to see white Dodge Chargers with Byram Police written on the side patrolling their neighborhoods starting June 1.  The force boasts 30 employees, 19 of which will be police officers designated to serve and protect citizens. 

Thompson said one of the biggest benefits to residents will be that 911 calls will go directly to Byram Police dispatch as opposed to Hinds County dispatch.

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