December 26, 2019
Crime took a vacation yesterday. That's nice. Let's all enjoy the moment.
Now that we've properly enjoyed it, let's talk about the backbone of the police department, the sergeants. Who are the sergeants at the Jackson Police Department? What do they do? Why are they important?
The rank structure at the police department looks something like this: Chief of Police, Lieutenant, Sergeants, Corporals and Officers or Detectives. Our current sergeants are Michelle Weber, Tony Matthews, Russ Ruschill, James Phillips, and Garrett Kellams. Think of sergeants as middle management, but with one key difference. They are leaders who are chosen for that ability, not just managers. They have the most day to day contact with the troops, more so than does the Chief or Lieutenant. They provide the daily supervision needed to accomplish the mission of the police department and it is the sergeants who have the greatest influence on the opinions and morale of the officers. It's fair to say that while the Chief and Lieutenant lead the department, it is the sergeants who run it.
So what does a sergeant do? The short answer is, a little bit of everything. They do all the things an officer does and more. Sergeants make sure their officers have everything they need. They make sure officers are following department policy and procedure, that their conduct meets department standards, they document performance, discipline and manage the schedule. Sergeants are expected to lead, coach and support their officers so they can accomplish the mission of the department.
And what is that mission? We're glad you asked.
"The Jackson Police Department exists to contribute to the world-wide reputation of Jackson by providing the community and its visitors with professional police services by preserving life, protecting property, and maintaining the peace through a responsible application of the law."
On a day to day basis, it's the sergeant who push their officers to achieve this mission. Their contribution can't be overstated and we appreciate and honor the work and dedication each one puts into their job. Jackson is an awesome place and they intend on doing their part to keep it that way. Thank you.
Happy holiday, Jackson.