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D'iberville Police Department strengthened by volunteer officers

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It's the men in uniform that don't get paid to serve their community that deserve praise. That's what the D'iberville Police Department is saying about their volunteer officers.

"I've been volunteering in law enforcement for about 15 years now," said Sergeant Troy Kirkbride. He's one of a dozen active volunteer officers with D'iberville Police Department.

"During the week, I'm active duty Air Force," said Sergeant Kirkbride.

The other active reserve officers, too, have separate lives.

"I work full time for the City of Biloxi," said Sergeant Morris Handler.

"I'm a dental technician," said Patrolman Rodney Fisk.

Lieutenant Shannon Nobles organizes the D'iberville volunteer department. As he looked at applications at his desk, he hoped for the best.

"It's a challenge to keep the reserve division full of officers, because they come and they go," said Lieutenant Nobles.

Lieutenant Nobles said he appreciates every volunteer officer, but the department needs more.

"If I have 20 that would want to come out all the time, that would be great," said Lieutenant Nobles.

Right now they have about 12 active volunteer officers.

"It's a win-win because they get valuable training for free that we provide and we get valuable work out of them," said Lieutenant Nobles.

Requiring reserve officers to work a minimum of 16 hours a month, Lieutenant Nobles said their positions are invaluable.

"There's something admirable about somebody that's going to work for free, that the only pay they're going to get is our gratitude," said Lieutenant Nobles.

But, to these officers, their calling is simple.

"To give something back to the community and the citizens," said Sergeant Morris Handler.

"Well, since I was a little boy, I wanted to be a police officer," Patrolman Rodney Fisk.

"I think the most gratifying thing in law enforcement is the fact that you get to help those that need your help," said Sergeant Troy Kirkbride.

Because to them, it's more than a job.

"Well, I guess I'll do it as long as I'm capable of walking," said Sergeant Troy Kirkbride.

In order to become a reserve officer, the D'iberville Police Department requires each person to have a high school diploma, or GED equivalent. Lieutenant Nobles said if you're interested in becoming a reserve officer in D'iberville, just visit the police department.

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