Phil Fisher For Mayor of Clinton MS

Accomplishments in City Public Safety, Quality of Life, Efficiency. and Transparency
July 2013 to March 2021;

Public Safety – Police & Fire

Public Safety – Police;

When I took office in July of 2013 the Clinton Police Force had 40 paid slots with 35 officers. My first action was to add five paid police officer slots and increase pay for a number of young officers. Today we stand at sixty-three paid slots with fifty-nine in the field and three School Resource Officers. Each officer has his own automatically activated body camera, automobile, and rifle.

With the additional officers, we created a patrolling division and a traffic division. Instead of one division splitting their time between two functions we multiplied visibility and increased protection in our community.

I raised money and built the CPD firing range (so no expense to the City budget) designed to allow our officers both pistol and rifle qualification and additional practice firing opportunities.

I advocated the addition of a full-time judge, despite the voting opposition of three Aldermen. Adding this position allows the process from “crime to jail-time” to be streamlined and consistent.

Despite the opposition of three Aldermen, I conducted a building swap and moved the patrolling, traffic, and detective divisions to Highway 80 – increasing protection in a heavy populated business area while opening two buildings for retail development on Olde Towne.

Despite our location to another City rated in the top five for murders in the US, these steps led to a 68% reduction in crime over the last eight years. Unranked in 2013, the City has been rated as the 3rd safest City in the State for the third year in a row.

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2013 – 2020 Crime Numbers;

Decrease in crime numbers

Offense 2013 Totals 2020 Totals % Change
Auto Burglary 116 77 33.62% decrease
Residential Burglary 174 22 87.35% decrease
Business Burglary 18 5 72.22% decrease
Grand Larceny 65 16 75.38% decrease
Total Major Felony Property Crime 373 120 67.82% decrease

 

 

Offense 2013 Totals 2019 Totals % Change
Armed Robbery 12 5 58.33% decrease
Strong Armed Robbery 5 0 100 % decrease
Carjacking 4 1 75% decrease
Total Robbery 21 6 71.42% decrease

 

Finally, we conducted training exercises to practice coordination with county and state assets based on current scenarios. Planned by the FBI, both the Police and Fire Departments were challenged in different situations such as a shooter in the school, shooter in a church, major railroad derailment, mass evacuation, and various sandbox exercises designed to tax their skill levels and uncover any shortcomings.

In my next administration, I will increase the CPD numbers to 70 field officers, maintain the high level of standards/education (including applications to the FBI academy in Quantico, VA), and provide all the equipment needed to keep our City safe.

Public Safety – Fire Department;

When I took office in July of 2013, the City faced a deadline for completion of the annexation requirements that mandated the construction and manning of a new fire station before 2017. Land was bought, 9 personnel were hired (over 4 years), the fire station constructed, and a new fire truck purchased prior to the 2017 deadline, keeping the City in compliance with the court orders. The annexed area of north Clinton directly benefited from this action.

When the City joined with Hinds County, the State and many other organizations to secure Continental Tire, I negotiated an agreement with the State to pay for all water upgrades. These upgrades brought a number of water lines and fire hydrants in unprotected areas of the City. I addition, agreements were made with the three water associations operating with our City limits to boost their fire water capacity and provide better protection for structure throughout Clinton.

In addition to the 9 new firefighters for the Pinehaven Fire station, four more firefighters were added to increase our number of firefighters from the 2013 number of 50 to today’s total of 63. We used grants to increase our capabilities by upgrading hazmat suits, purchasing new radios and air packs.

In addition to the pistol range for the CPD, a repelling tower was constructed to allow firefighters to practice multiple story rescue operations. CFD either led or played major roles in all training exercises to practice coordination with county and state assets based on current scenarios. Planned by the FBI, both the Police and Fire Departments were challenged in different situations such as a shooter in the school, shooter in a church, major railroad derailment, mass evacuation, and various sandbox exercises designed to tax their skill levels and uncover any shortcomings.

Seizing on these opportunities, allowed the City to reduce our fire rating from a 5 to a 4, lowering insurance rates on your homes and businesses.

Over the next four years I will continue to work within the CFD to lower our fire rating from a 4 to a 3. If successful, you will reap the benefits of even lower insurance rates.

 

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 Public Safety Accomplishments 2013-2021;

  1. Unfroze police (5) and fire (5) positions at first meeting of the new administration in 2013. 47.
  2. Increased CPD slots from 40 paid to 63 paid slots. Need to increase the total officers from 63 to 70 2021-2025 (next term).
  3. Purchased body cams for all CPD officers.
  4. Worked with County, CPS, WIN, and the Sec. of State’s office to get handheld radios from the County to update CPD and CFD communications.
  5. Received additional radios from UMC valued at $75,000 for improved Public Safety communications.
  6. Led City-wide effort to purchase 60 M-4 rifles from citizen donations saving the City budget $34,632 (2015).
  7. Crime down from 32% to 86% in major categories (2013-2019). Robbery crimes down 82% – see numbers below;

2013 – 2020 Crime Numbers;

 

Offense 2013 Totals 2020 Totals % Change
Auto Burglary 116 77 33.62% decrease
Residential Burglary 174 22 87.35% decrease
Business Burglary 18 5 72.22% decrease
Grand Larceny 65 16 75.38% decrease
Total Major Felony Property Crime 373 120 67.82% decrease

 

 

Offense 2013 Totals 2019 Totals % Change
Armed Robbery 12 5 58.33% decrease
Strong Armed Robbery 5 0 100 % decrease
Carjacking 4 1 75% decrease
Total Robbery 21 6 71.42% decrease

 

  1. Civic League donated $10,000 to CPD.
  2. Kroger donated $500 to CPD.
  3. Clinton rated the 8th safest City in MS in 2018, the 3rd safest City in 2019, the 3rd safest City in 2020, 3rd safest in 2021.
  4. Since 2013, CPD bomb squad (one of three in State) received $543,486 in grants.
  5. Successful building swap to give better protection in business district on Hyw 80 and open up two Olde Towne buildings for retail.
  6. Added a traffic unit to free up/focus neighborhood patrolling and better enforce traffic laws.
  7. Began Lock it or Lose it Program to inform public about the importance of locking cars to prevent theft.
  8. 8 permanent LPR sights established with 26 cameras and $263,233 from the 911 wireless commission fund.
  9. Negotiated an agreement with the Clinton School Board to pay for three SROs ($40,000 apiece), $30,000 for the car from the MCOPS fund, and $90,000 in arrears for past SROs. Agreement to be reviewed every April 1st.
  10. Established Citizens Police Academy with 5 classes and 65 graduates
  11. Increased CFD from 50 slots to 63 slots.
  12. Purchased land, constructed Fire Station # 4, and purchased fire truck

 (completed Dec. 2017) as per the annexation court order of 2007.

  1. 2014 Clinton Fire Department was able to participate in a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant where we got 15 Tri-Band radios costing $75,000.00. This was achieved because we operate an Advanced Life Support service.
  2. Received $137,914 in AFG grant to purchase new air packs.
  3. Received $544,788 in a SAFER grant for hiring 8 new firefighters.
  4. Received $20,000 in Homeland Security grants for Haz-Mat suits.
  5. The Jr Civic League contributed $12,500 for Fire Equipment.
  6. Purchased $41,185 in exercise equipment from a Blue Cross/Blu Shield grant.
  7. Private donors contributed $19,200 for mattresses and extraction equipment.
  8. Developed training exercises for public safety, coordinating CPD, CFD, CPW, and numerous outside agencies – “shooter in the school” (FY 2014) Hosted a train derailment exercise (FY 2015), hosted a Shooter in a Church training Exercise (FY 2016). Table top exercise with MC (FY 2018). Shooter in the school with teachers and staff from CPSD (FY 2019), Table top exercise with CPSD 2020, 2021 exercise in planning stage for June 2021.
  9. Collaboration with Camp Down Range/CPD/CFD for training facility completed Jan 2018. Money raised from sources outside the City budget. (Feb. 2018), contributions from citizens saved the City $65,000 and provides a shooting range. Tower for public safety training.

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