Sikeston Adds New Patrol

Sikeston Adds New Patrol
By: Ryan Tate
SIKESTON, Mo. - Four new officers will patrol the Sikeston Housing Authority beginning Monday, according a Department of Public Safety spokesman.
There are seven Housing Authority neighborhoods across Sikeston, with approximately 250 housing units sheltering about 350 people.  D.P.S. Public Information Officer St. Jim McMillen said 3% of the complaint calls over the past three years come from the Housing Authority.
"Their first project is doing surveys of residents, their concerns with public safety and how to better serve the residents," St. McMillen said.
The Housing Authority began 50 years ago, and the new project is being funded by the department.  The residents Heartland News spoke with say they are happy to get some added patrols.
"It is good for the neighborhoods, maybe they can keep the violence down," Veronica Moutry said.
"I think it is a good thing because I have children, and I even got my car window smashed in this neighborhood," Lynda Harbison said. "If people see the police, it will make a difference."

One of the first things the four new officers will do is go around and survey the residents to find out how public safety can better serve them.