Natchez Receives Municipal Excellence in Public Safety Award at State Conference – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper


NATCHEZ – The City of Natchez has been recognized among nearly 300 Mississippi municipalities with the Municipal Excellence in Public Safety Award for Cities with Populations Over 10,000.

The award was presented to officials at the Mississippi Municipal League’s annual conference, held Monday through today at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

At the conference, Natchez received positive remarks for the work of the Natchez Police Department’s new VIPER unit – Violent Immediate Police Emergency Response – to get illegal guns off the streets and reduce crime rates, said announced Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson.

He added that the unit was responsible for removing more than 150 illegal weapons from city streets in the space of six months.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time Natchez has received this award,” Gibson said. “Our Natchez renewal results in a safer community. Crime rates go down, arrests are made and crimes are solved. Crime Stoppers is back and running, and officer morale and numbers are up. Plus, our officers have new cars, guns, gear, uniforms, and everything else needed to keep our city safe. I am very grateful to our Chief of Police Joseph M. Daughtry Sr. and his team of exceptional men and women.

Gibson went on to brag about other achievement recognitions the Natchez Police Department has earned over the past year. In 2021, the city received the Crime Stoppers Top Law Enforcement Agency award and Daughtry received the Crime Stoppers Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently, Daughtry was also named president of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.

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