H-WHPD Police Chief Uless Wallace is attempting to provide an insight concerning the current progress that is department is making and the possible future changes.
“We are trying to serve the citizens of the community as well as to protect life,” commented Wallace.
Wallace explained that the H-WHPD is partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and says t he is looking forward to working with them.
“We have and we will continue to be aggressive against DWI, DUIs,” he said.
According to Wallace the department is also being aggressive in a search for grants, including a possible relocation agreement between H-WHPD and the Helena West Helena School District.
“We have to speak with Operating Officer Suzann McCommon who is looking at giving us the Beechcrest property to help us with part of a grant that Assistant Chief Ronald Scott is working on,” added Wallace.
Wallace feels this venture will enhance the community because with this grant a coalition must be formed in order to receive the $250,000 if it is awarded.
“This is going to revolutionize the police beat to the public and open up the opportunities to provide the citizens with other venues comparable to some larger cities,” commented Wallace.
Wallace explained that this will not cost the police department “that much” because they are looking into a lot of “needs” being donated to the department and most of the grant funds providing the funding.
Currently, Wallace said H-WHPD divisions are spread out, creating an inconvenience to some citizens. He added that the much needed space will contribute to a stronger, more accessible police department.
Councilman Jay Hollowell stressed that before any action is taken regarding this endeavor, it be thoroughly discussed by the city council.
“This is a major undertaking,” he said.
Wallace confirmed that this is something that happened to coincide with the grant that the department is applying for and so far they have not been given the property.
“We are only inquiring about the possibility at this time,” reassured Wallace.