By Julie Montanaro
June 28, 2013
Midway, FL - Police officers who work in the small town of Midway can't hang up their uniforms at midnight anymore.
The city is resuming 24-hour service on Saturday.
'I think it will be a quick response, you know, when you've got to deal with the sheriff's department got to come from the area that they come from and something happens," Midway resident Charleston Paul said. "You can get response quickly if they have polices running a 24 hours shift. That's good."
The city's new police chief - who came on board in March - is shelling out an additional 60-thousand dollars to make sure Midway has officers on duty at all times. They used to quit at midnight and let Gadsden County deputies take over.
"Talking to the citizens of Midway, this is the one thing of course that they did want," said Midway Police Chief Jerome Turner, "and from a safety standpoint, it's much better for them to know their police departemnt is rolling 24-7, 365 and the response time of course is adequate."
It's been two years since Midway has had round the clock patrols.
The police chief says he will still count on the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office - and others -for help in the event of major crashes and crimes.
As for the day to day domestics and break ins, he says, the new 24/7 patrols should allow officers to get to the scene more quickly.
Press Release: Midway Police Department
“Midway Police Department Launches 24/7 Law Enforcement Services”
The Midway Police Department will be launching 24 hour law enforcement coverage for the City of Midway starting on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Chief of Police, Jerome Turner says, “It’s a move that council members along with the citizens of Midway wanted from their police department.”
Chief Turner spoke with many residents about their issues and concerns as it relates to the police department, and 24 hour police services was essential. Previously, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for law enforcement services in the City of Midway between 12:00AM and 8:00AM. Midway Police will now provide coverage for the City 24/7/365 to ensure that the citizens are afforded the most efficient and effective law enforcement services.
MPD Officers will now work 12 hour shifts which will consist of an Alpha and Bravo squad each being supervised by a Captain. Chief Turner points out that the fiscal decision to move to 24 hour law enforcement coverage wasn’t easy, but with his new restructuring plan he was able to make it happen.
Administrative office hours will continue as normal from 9:00AM–5:00PM Monday-Friday; however police officers will be on duty 24/7/365. The Midway Police Department wants to remind all citizens to “Help Us, Help You”. For non-emergencies you can call the Midway Police Department at (850) 574-3057 or the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office dispatch unit at (850) 875-8825. For all emergencies please remember to call 911.