Here are some of the changes at the Tupelo Police Department recommended so far by interim Deputy Police Chief C.C. Privette. Some have already been enacted:
The Special Operation Group, also known as SOG, has been disbanded after 18 months. The six officers assigned to the unit were reassigned earlier this week to the patrol and narcotics divisions.
All suspects brought to the jail on felony and misdemeanor charges will be fingerprinted and photographed. Felony suspects were the only ones fingerprinted before.
Personal items, such as toothbrushes and combs, will be issued to inmates and after use, taken back up and stored.
Each officer and his equipment will be inspected before each shift.
Officer will have to go through a shotgun shooting class.
Officers will have to check in and out shotguns at the beginning and end of each shift.
Officers will have to take periodic agility tests.
Police officers can no longer tell people who call the police department for assistance to call 911. Instead, the officer must take the information and relay the name, address and other important information to 911 to make sure an officer is dispatched. Lee County E-911 dispatches for the police department.