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‘Old-style policing’

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Greenwood Police Chief Jody Bradley

Top cop says getting to know people is key

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reenwood Police Chief Jody Bradley is focused on community-based policing. “My philosophy is that we go back to the old cop-on-the-beat mentality,” he said. “Drive slowly, roll your window down, and acknowledge somebody if you catch their eye.” Bradley said it’s the Greenwood Police Department’s mission to bring back what he calls “some of that old-style policing.” He said people in a neighborhood know if there’s a police car driving around. “The question is: When are they going to get to know the officer in that car? That’s kind of our mission right now; we want them to know that officer in that car.” Bradley and his department have been working over the past year on implementing that community-based approach to policing, not only as a way to reduce and deter crime but also as a way to build better relationships with the residents in each of the city’s neighborhoods. “You make your friends before you need them,” said the 72-year-old police chief. “When I’m driving around, if I see somebody on the porch, I’ll wave at them. If it’s warm enough, I’ll have my window down and sometimes I’ll nod and say, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ I always like to have a little bit of conversation, because that puts people at ease.” Bradley started in his role as head of the department on Dec. 2, 2019. He came to Greenwood from Woodville, where he had served as warden of Wilkinson County Correctional Facility for more than three years. Now, almost a year later, Bradley said he is enjoying his job and being in Greenwood. “It’s been challenging at times. I always like to say, ‘If I can’t enjoy doing the job, I’m not going to do the job,’ and I enjoy doing this job,” he said. The challenge, however, might very well be the reason why Bradley enjoys his job so much. v v v

A longtime prison warden, Bradley has been called a “prison fixer.” “I used to go into places that needed some tweaking,” he said. “Walking into sometimes tough situation is kind of how I made my career.” When he came to Greenwood, the department was down 33 officers. Bradley said he talked to the staff and asked what were department’s top three needs. They all said improved recruiting, retention and equipment. “So we’ve made a lot of headway in the equipment and the recruiting, and the retention is better,” he said. As of early November, Bradley said the department was down 13 total staff members, with only about half being officer positions and the rest supervisor positions. “We’ve been able to hire some folks and get them through the academy,” he said. “I have seven on board right now who are not certified, but we just hired them a couple of weeks ago. They are riding along with certified staff learning the streets, and they’ll go in January to the academy.” Helping in that area, Bradley said, is the department’s training officer, Capt. Terrence Craft. “He’s the one who does the recruiting,” Bradley said. “He is already working on three or four others.” Bradley said the department is relatively young, but they are working to bring in

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experienced people as well as some just starting their careers. “A lot of our folks are less than five years in policing. Some are less than three,” he said. “One of the things, with Capt. Craft’s help, is we’ve been able to identify and bring on board some already certified people.” Bradley also added the position of corporal. “The reason we did that is that’s my FTO (field training officers) program,” he said. “You now have a corporal, and what that corporal does is takes somebody by the hand and has them ride with them, but also they are learning to be a supervisor.” This develops the department’s career ladder, with the steps going from corporal to sergeant to lieutenant, who generally runs a shift, Bradley said. He’s also been adding detectives and wants to add another one because having more is what “helps us solve cases.” The department has recently beefed up its officer training program. “It’s very important that we train folks and train folks on a regular basis,” said Bradley. Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond has been creating training scenarios to help further develop the newer officers, and the department also now has a one-week orientation program for all of its new officers — certified or not — on procedures and policies. Now with enough officers, the department has also recently divided the city up into different patrol districts. “Whenever you finish a call, you go back to that district, and that goes back to the cop on the beat,” said Bradley. This allows the officers to get to know the people in their patrol districts, and the residents can get to know them. “Most often, if you return to that same location, your presence is noticed,” said Bradley. “The troublemakers notice when you are there. They notice when you leave, too, but they’ll know you’re coming back. So we are slowly but surely moving into that, and it will be a good thing.” The hope is to develop a line of commu-

nication between the officers and the residents. “It makes a difference,” Bradley said. With new ideas and approaches, Bradley said he told the staff when he first arrived, “You’re going to help me earn your respect. Until I earn that, then we’ll be kind of tiptoeing around each other a little bit.” “One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed is we’ve presented new ideas to staff that are maybe a little different way to approach different things, and they haven’t stonewalled,” Bradley said. “They have said, ‘OK, he asked us to give him a chance, so let’s see.’” Bradley said policing today is a tough business. “When I was growing up, you either wanted to be a policeman, a fireman or a doctor,” he said. “You don’t see that as much anymore. There’s just a lot of stress out there for the officers.” From crime to traffic accidents, some weeks are tough for all first responders, Bradley said. “I don’t care how big and bad you are, it’ll affect you,” he said. “If you care about people at all, it’ll affect you.” One way to help with the stress the officers face is by bringing in a department chaplain. Bishop Roger B. Jenkins will begin serving in that role this week, and Bradley is looking at adding another clergyman to the team, he said. “We want to have that tool for the staff and for the community to use,” the chief said. v v v

Since coming to Greenwood, Bradley and his wife, Barbara, have bought a house. They have been married for 27 years. She is a retired teacher who is still residing in Woodville, where she works at a library and antique store. While she’s looking for a job opportunity in Greenwood, she and her husband make the over three-hour trip to visit each other. But the temporary separation isn’t out of

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the norm. “We did 18 months one time like this,” Bradley said. “It’s kind of been like me being in the military.” Since they got married, the family has moved about 10 or 11 times. Bradley said, however, he’ll be glad when his wife is with him in Greenwood full time. The Bradley have a blended family, each having children before they married in 1993. Altogether they have three sons, two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This isn’t the Bradleys’ first time being in Greenwood. They lived in the area in the early 2000s when the former warden was brought in to reopen Delta Correctional Facility. “There are still quite a few folks around that we knew,” he said. Bradley may look like a different kind of police chief to some, from the pickup truck he drives to what’s now become his signature hat that he wears. When he first arrived at the department, Bradley drove a newer-model white unmarked Dodge Charger. He noticed that some patrolmen needed a better car, so he offered them his Charger. “I said, ‘Y’all take my car and put new decals on it,” he said. “I talked to Brian Finnegan over at Greenwood Utilities, and I found out that they sell their used pickups. Hey, I’m a pickup guy. So I talked to him, and I got two very economically from them.” Bradley wasn’t sure if people would still recognize him in a pickup until someone said, “We know you’re still the chief. We know your hat; we see you coming down street.” “I actually wasn’t going to wear it all the time, but now that folks identify by it, if that works for them, it works for me,” he said. “Some people wear uniforms, and some don’t; I respect the uniform without a doubt. My philosophy is what makes the community comfortable, and right now this hat makes the community feel comfortable. ... It’s about developing those relationships.” n


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Ready for anything

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Greenwood Firefighters

2 in department say job is hard, rewarding

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wo Greenwood firefighters may not be the longest-tenured crew members in the fire house, but that does not stop them from being prepared to help the community. Christian Williams and Wardell Turner Jr. have been at the station for only three years, yet they bring plenty of compassion, understanding and assistance to the team. “It is a great experience here,” said Williams. “You don’t know what is going to happen, so you have to be prepared. It also helps to be working with people who become your family.” “It is very rewarding,” Turner added. “We get to help a lot of people, but also it is stressful sometimes when you can’t help.” Williams, 24, is a Greenwood native and graduate of Amanda Elzy High School. He attended Mississippi Valley State University for two years before fire training. Turner, 32, is from Mileston and went to both Tougaloo College and MVSU. Both attended the Mississippi Fire Academy in Jackson to learn the ropes — or rather hoses —and become skilled firefighters. Both say the academy is seven weeks of intense physical and mental training. “Training is tough,” Williams said. “It is a lot of hands-on lessons.” He said there were a lot of days where trainees had to be in their full gear, not to mention the grueling physical training and hours in the classroom. But ultimately, they both agreed it was all worth it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ `Üêáëíá~å=táääá~ãëI=äÉÑíI=~åÇ=t~êÇÉää=qìêåÉê=gêK=Ü~îÉ=ÄÉÉå=~=é~êí=çÑ=íÜÉ=dêÉÉåïççÇ=cáêÉ=aÉé~êíãÉåí=Ñçê=íÜÉ=ä~ëí=íÜêÉÉ=óÉ~êë=ïçêâáåÖ pÉÉ FIRE, m~ÖÉ=NN ïáíÜ=~=ÅêÉï=íÜ~í=íÜÉó=Ü~îÉ=Å~ääÉÇ=~=Ñ~ãáäóK=

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PageS Greenwood Commonwealth / Thursday, November 12, 2020 cfopq=obpmlkabop =======================================================================================================================================================================

Chief Jody Bradley

Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr.

Lt. Jeri Bankston

Chief’s Secretary Whitney Barry

Officer Jason Belk

Officer Yvette Bishop

Sgt. William Blake

Dispatcher Alanna Brown

Municipal Court Clerk Felicia Cage-Bedell

Deputy Records Clerk Farrah Chandler

Officer Caleb Christian

Sgt. Melvin Cook

Deputy Clerk Mavis Cosper

Capt. Terrence Craft

Officer Cleother Crain Jr.

Dispatcher Claudette Curry

Officer Denarius Davis

Officer Bobby Edwards

Officer Bryce Elmore

Reserve Officer Jerry Foster

Lt. Roland Galvan

Lt. Edgar Gibson

Lt. Byron Granderson

Records Clerk Annette Griffin

Officer Jim Hammer

Deputy Court Clerk Kiyana Hart

Deputy Court Clerk Mable Hopkins

Officer Arriel Hutchenson

Officer Robert Jackson Jr.

Officer Omega Johnson

Sgt. David Layton

Capt. Talisha Leach

Officer Taylor Lofton

Reserve Sgt. Lonnie Magee

Officer Bryan May

Officer Keiandria McClee

Officer Megan McKinnon

Officer Hollis Myrick

Officer Alexis Nicks

Reserve Sgt. Steve Noble

Capt. Byron O’Bryant

Officer Shelia Peeples


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Officer Brittany Reed

Officer NaStacia Rice

Officer Tyauana Rucker

Sgt. Angie Rushing

Officer Anndreka Scott

Officer Larry Shaw III

Lt. Serafin Simon

Dispatcher Ashley Smith

Dispatcher Irene Stancil

Animal Control Officer Fitzgerald Stevenson

Deputy Clerk Sheletha Stokes

Reserve Capt. T.J. Tackett

Dispatcher Davita Triplett

Detective Secretary Joyce Turner

Janitorial Tech Newanda Webb

Dispatcher Teveeta Whitehead

Officer Deauntae Whitehead

Officer Jerry Williams

Officer Tanareika Williams

Cpl. Martellis Wright

Leflore County Director Fred Randle

Leflore County Deputy Director Dorothy C. Ivory

Carroll County Director Ken Strachan

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders

Leflore County Deputy Coroner Will Gnemi

Leflore County Deputy Coroner Jacquelyn Brownlow

Carroll County Coroner Mark Stiles

Leflore County Deputy Coroner Bill Lord


PageU Greenwood Commonwealth / Thursday, November 12, 2020 cfopq=obpmlkabop =======================================================================================================================================================================

Chief Marcus Banks

Assistant Chief John Lewis

Firefighter Julian Beamon

Capt. Lavar Bolden

Battalion Chief Tony Brown

Capt. Shun Byrd

Battalion Chief Willie Coker

Fire Marshal Charles Cooley

Lt. Jarvis Davis

Firefighter Curtis Elliott

Capt. Maurice Ellis

Firefighter Hunter Flanagan

Firefighter Jemmie Gatlin

Capt. Chris Glass

Firefighter Joseph Green

Firefighter Steven Green

Firefighter Mortarius Harris

Firefighter Carl Hayes

Firefighter Jameriz Hemphill

Capt. Scott Hemphill

Firefighter Kalcy Hill

Sgt. Travell James

Capt. Jamoni Jennings

Sgt. Christopher Jones

Capt. Sean Jones

Lt. Johnny Langdon Jr.

Sgt. Howard Lowe

Lt. Cedric Martin

Division Training Chief Martrellis McDowell

Firefighter Eric Moore

Capt. Detrick Munford

Firefighter Jabari Ollie

Firefighter Marquez Perry

Sgt. Marcus Ramsey

Capt. Jamie Simon

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Deputy Fire Marshal VIctor Stokes

Battalion Chief William Thompson

Capt. Marvin Turner

Firefighter Wardell Turner Jr.

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Sheriff Ricky Banks

Undersheriff Ken Spencer

Investigator Michael Baldwin

E-911 Wendalyn Brown

Deputy Eddie Cates

E-911 Lekeita Donley

Records Clerk Bessie Flowers

Secretary Debbie Fouché

Deputy Robert Haggie

Sgt. Danny Henry

Sgt. Michael Hoskins

Deputy Dwight McCaskill

E-911 Monica McCaskill

Deputy Alfred Price

Deputy Cameron Shaw

Deputy David Shaw

E-911 Dispatcher Angela Smith

Deputy Jermey Smith

Deputy Rodney Spencer

Chief Investigator Bill Staten

Deputy Colby Trotter

Deputy Len Wooden

Deputy Sheriff Ted Washington

Sgt. Cody Vanlandingham

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Sheriff Clint Walker

Chief Deputy Adam Eubanks

Warden Brandon Smith

Deputy Robert Anderson

Deputy Pleasant Banks

Deputy Roshaun Daniels

Deputy Hunter Davis

Deputy Kenneth Evans

Deputy Dustin Haddon

Deputy Trinity Hoover

Deputy Thomas Johnson

Deputy Michael March

Deputy Mark Mulconrey

Chaplain J.C. Stokes


PageNM Greenwood Commonwealth / Thursday, November 12, 2020 cfopq=obpmlkabop =======================================================================================================================================================================

Deputy Banks Tucker

Deputy Therrell Turner

Deputy David Ward

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He said that when they arrived on the scene, a house was engulfed in flames. Luckily, the fire department was able to save half the home, and Turner said the thanks and gratitude they received from the homeowner was truly humbling. “She thanked us so much, even coming to the station days after the fact to give us baked goods,” he said. “You know we really helped a woman who needed it and saved some her most prized possessions.” But for them, this is just part of the job. “You know, every time there is a fire, you push to give it your best,” Williams said. But it isn’t all just flames and smoke. Williams said some of his favorite memories are at the firehouse when he and his friends can hang out, telling each other their favorite jokes. Once, Turner said, when the crew was hose testing the water equipment at the station, one firefighter for-

got to close the nozzle completely. “He was just getting him and everything soaked, and the whole crew just started laughing and laughing,” he said When Turner isn’t at the station, he is training at emergency medical technician school. He hopes to be able to do both someday. With what little time he has left, he likes to spend time with his wife, Bianca, and their three sons: Jacob, 9, Noah, 3, and Houston, 1. Williams, who is also an active member of the National Guard, said when he can find free time it usually involves watching his favorite football team — the Green Bay Packers — or playing video games. Both say they’re in firefighting for the long haul. “Greenwood Fire Department is a wonderful job, and I have nothing but respect for everyone here,” Turner said. “I plan on being here for a long time.” “I love it here,” Williams added. “This is going to be a lifelong career for me.” n

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`çåíáåìÉÇ=Ñêçã=m~ÖÉ=R ---------------------------------------------------------Knight’s schedule is 72 hours on, 72 hours off, with the understanding that an emergency call can come in at any time. “There’s no putting 911 on hold,” Knight said. Steele, 31, has been a paramedic for 12 years and has worked four years with Pafford. He lives in Meridian and is actually a flight paramedic but will also work as a paramedic on the ground when needed. Pafford has three helicopters and a twin-engine airplane, said Steele, who works primarily as a flight paramedic on a helicopter. An on-the-ground paramedic can handle a variety of situations, including trauma, shootings, strokes, heart attacks and slip-andfalls, Steele said. “If we show up at someone’s house, whatever is wrong with them, if they’re sick or injured, we have to get them to the hospital somehow some way” while also taking care of them, he

said. Situations that require transportation of patients to hospitals usually include trauma, gunshot wounds or car wrecks, Steele said. On flight, aside from the patients, are the pilot and a nurse and paramedic who are in charge of taking care of the patient, Steele said. Pafford’s helicopters have blood on flight. Patients who are airlifted from Greenwood are usually taken to hospitals in Jackson or Memphis. For both Knight and Steele, the hardest part of being a paramedic is the long hours. The rewarding aspect of the job, which overrides any hardship, is providing assistance to people. “It’s truly nice to help sick people who need help,” Steele said. “It’s kind of cliché, but none of us do it for a paycheck.” “It’s an exciting job, to be here for our community, to provide them with excellent pre-hospital service and not only pre-hospital service, we can do education,” Knight said. “You live in this community; why not want to help?”n

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