Ridgeland Mississippi News

Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association Conference Benefits Municipalities

As the host organization, the Ridgeland Fire Department has planned three days of sessions and activities for the Mississippi Fire Chiefs Mid-Winter Conference. The Conference will be held at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland January 11-13, 2017. Approximately 131 fire chiefs from throughout the state have registered including participation in a Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, followed by a Legislative Reception.

Ridgeland Fire Chief Matt Bailey said, “The City of Ridgeland is honored to be the host for the mid-winter conference for the third consecutive year. We are pleased to put on a high quality conference for the association. We feel that Ridgeland is chosen as the host location because of our excellent hotel and conference facilities coupled with a convenient location in the metro area for dining and shopping.” Bailey notes that this year’s conference is seeing a record number of chiefs attending.

“The mid-winter conference benefits the citizens of the towns, cities and counties of Mississippi. It is a working session where chiefs receive education and training that can translate into enhanced public safety in their communities. Also, the importance of the legislative day cannot be understated as the chiefs will have the opportunity to express their needs for medical and fire service to the state legislature,” said Bailey.

Session presentations will be provided by representatives from regional and international fire chiefs associations. Vendors in fire service will exhibit the latest developments in public safety equipment.

Requests for interviews may be directed to Chief Matt Bailey, Ridgeland Fire Department at 601-856-7004.

Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Kyle Millican was selected as Officer of the Month for November, 2016 and was recognized at the January 3, 2017 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Millican exhibited quick responses and the ability to communicate vital information during a high intense situation that led to the apprehension of an auto burglar. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Justin Crawford was selected at Officer of the Month for October, 2016 and recognized at teh December 6, 2016 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Crawford went beyond the scope of his duties and relentlessly followed up on leads to resolve a burglary. His determination led to the recovery of stolen property and the arrest of two suspects. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Mississippi Municipal Government Week

A resolution of the City of Ridgeland has been passed and adopted recognizing Mississippi Municipal Government Week, January 15-21, 2017. The resolution encourages all citizens to support the celebration and corresponding activities.

As stated in the resolution, “municipal government is the government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents.”

Government officials and employee wish to pass along their understanding of public services and their benefits. The week is an important opportunity to convey to citizens that they can shape and influence government through their civic involvement. To that end, there will be scheduled activities that will be posted on our online events calendar.

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Diver training conducted


Ridgeland firefighters and dive team members Willie “Pop” Jackson (left) and Kevin Wisnoski assist a trainee with his dive helmet and breathing apparatus.

Diver training for the Ridgeland Fire Department Dive Team occurred November 28-30, 2016. This 30-hour class, “Helmet Operations,” was designed by the Ridgeland Fire Department to specifically meet the needs of public safety divers. The class involved classroom, pool work and open water work, and it encompassed diver training and surface support training to ensure continuous air supply to divers. The class utilized Kirby Morgan dive helmets which provide the Ridgeland Dive Team with superior head protection while diving under piers and other hazardous areas. The helmets also provide excellent protection while diving in contaminated waters. This training led by Ridgeland Dive Team Leader Steve Wilson will qualify Ridgeland divers to stay underwater for longer periods of time while being better protected.

Gene McGee re-elected to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan Board

Gene McGee, mayor, of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi, was re-elected to his 10th term as chairman of the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan. McGee has served on the board of directors since 1998.

Steven D. Smith, president of the organization, recently commented, “We wish to congratulate Mayor McGee on his recent re-election. Mayor McGee’s service and leadership to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan continues to be of great benefit for our organization and to the member municipalities throughout the great State of Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan is a self-insurance pool that provides comprehensive coverage and competitive rates for a wide array of municipal liability exposures including auto liability, general liability, public official liability and law enforcement liability.

The Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan is an arm of the Mississippi Municipal Service Company (MSMSC) that works to meet Mississippi’s municipal liability and workers’ compensation needs with the most comprehensive coverage at affordable rates. For over 27 years, members of the MSMSC have pooled their resources to better protect municipalities and other governmental entities throughout Mississippi.

“The board’s efforts result in saving tax money for citizens through the maintenance of low rates in liability insurance for municipalities,” remarked McGee. “I greatly appreciate the re-election by my peers and am honored with the privilege to continue to serve municipalities of the State of Mississippi through this very effective organization.”



The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Natchez Trace String Band, a small group of local acoustic musicians, will fill the cabin with the sounds of traditional folk, country, and bluegrass music. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a few minutes, or bring a chair and stay awhile.

This program is free of charge. The Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) is located approximately one mile north of I-55 at exit 105A, or just east of the intersection of Rice Road and Highway 51. For additional information, call (601) 856-7321.

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Seasonal Safety Tips from the Ridgeland Police Department

by John R. Neal, Chief of Police

The holiday season is one of happiness, joy and fellowship. During the upcoming weeks, the City of Ridgeland will have an increased amount of traffic with holiday shoppers searching for that perfect gift in our retail shopping areas. While the officers of the Ridgeland Police Department strive to maintain high visibility year round, the holiday season brings heightened awareness from our officers as our shopping numbers increase. As you travel about during the season, I am offering several safety tips which I hope you remember as you are out and about. 

Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle this holiday season.

Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle this holiday season.

  • Remember to park in a well-lit area and where other shoppers are present.
  • If possible, shop with a group of friends or family.
  • Do not keep all your cash in one location while you are shopping.
  • Record all credit/debit card numbers in a safe location and track your spending.
  • Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • While walking in a parking lot, keep your keys in your hand.
  • If you are approached by a stranger, press your panic alarm on your key fob to alert others.
  • Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle. This includes purses, cellphones, and packages.
  • Remain attentive to your surroundings and call 911 with any suspicious activity.

If you will be traveling during the holiday season, the Ridgeland Police Department offers a House Watch Program where we will provide frequent patrols and checks of your residence while you are out of town. Residents are asked to contact RPD Communications Division at 601-856-2121 and request their residence be placed on the House Watch list for extra patrol. In addition, residents can also do some things to protect their property while they are away such as:

  • Stop/suspend all mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Have a neighbor use your driveway for parking during your absence.
  • Remove your garage door opener from vehicles left at home.
  • Make sure gates to the rear of the house are secured and locked.
  • Set timers for interior/exterior lights, if available.
  • Do not leave garbage containers by the street.
  • Be aware of social media activity/posting and ‘advertising’ you are out of town.
  • Leave your blinds and shades in their normal position.

The Ridgeland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been promoting a service offered through LeadsOnLine which will provide a service to our residents for documenting their valuable property. This FREE service, ReportIt, allows residents to document their valuable property on a secure hosted site by listing a description of the property, individual serial numbers/owner applied numbers, value of the property, and uploading photos of their property. This is an online inventory of a homeowner’s valuable property. If any resident is interested in learning more about this service or need assistance in establishing an account, they are encouraged to contact our Investigations Division at 601-856-5210 and an investigator will be happy to assist you. Residents can obtain more information on this service at

I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season. As you enjoy spending time with your family and friends, please remember the men and women of this department as we go about our duties and responsibilities to protect our community.

Ridgeland Life Winter 2016/2017

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