It's truly unfortunate that a lawsuit had to be filed by a member of the Mississippi National Guard charging the Madison County Sheriff's Department with violating his rights.
The Chief Deputy told another deputy last year that he could not hire a qualified guardsman as a deputy fearing he may be called up to serve his country full time.
In fact, the Chief Deputy said if the guardsman filed a lawsuit, he'd probably win.
If that is the policy of the Madison County Sheriff, then that is directly opposite of Hinds County's policy.
A high ranking Hinds County Deputy says if someone is a member of the National Guard or Reserve, that means the training and discipline have already been instilled and would be looked upon favorably by the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
So how do you balance resources fighting the War on Terror with that of the War on Crime?
A good commander finds a way to help fight both.
That's my Point of View.