New Walls police chief excited by opportunity

By Chip Washington - bio | email

WALLS, MS (WMC-TV) - The New Chief of the Walls Police Department, Gary Boisseau, is clearly excited about the job, the town and its people. Friday, Boisseau had one message he wanted to send out.

"I just wanted to be sure that we were a department that was in the public that could be seen, and if anybody needed help they could flag us down or call and we'll be there in a heartbeat," he said.

Boisseau has been in law enforcement for 15 years, spending the past four as a patrol officer for the Sturgis, Mississippi Police Department, just east of Starkville.

Walls is a major step up population-wise for Boisseau, with 1,100 residents compared to 200 in Sturgis.

Boisseau said he believes it's better to be seen by the public than heard.

"My unofficial statistic has always been, '99 percent of crime fighting is being seen,'" he said. "Those cars being seen in the public. When bad guys see a police car they usually go the other way."

Right now there are two full time officers, including Boisseau, on Walls' police force. Boisseau plans to add two part-timer officer, as well as another full-time position. In the meantime, he has already created a new website to foster public policing.

"I thought I could bring something to the town," he said. "The town has its own website, but I wanted to do something for the police department and for the community - just another way for people to reach out to us."

Boisseau has visited the DeSoto and Tunica County Sheriff's Departments, and plans to reach out the other municipalities as well.

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