Harrison Co. Sheriff's Department weighs in on Trump presidency

Harrison Co. Sheriff's Department weighs in on Trump presidency

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Thursday is the last day he'll be referred to as president-elect. On Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the Untied States. Some in South Mississippi's law enforcement community said they believe the incoming commander in chief will help improve public safety.

"I believe Donald Trump is going to hold true to what he said about being a law and order president, and I think a lot of law enforcement officers are looking forward to his inauguration and moving forward," said Maj. Tom Clifford ,with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Clifford said he's optimistic about what a Trump presidency will mean for public safety. Sheriff Troy Peterson believes the new president will restore what he said was taken away from law enforcement.

"Some of the things that the last administration took away was a lot of federal grant money that we really need and really needed for this agency and other police agencies around the country. I think he's going to bring that back into light so we can use that money," said Peterson.

Peterson said additional funding to his department could help pay for costly equipment, like body cameras and tasers. 
Even before Trump won the nomination, Peterson said Trump showed support for law enforcement.

"Some of the things that he used and some of the terms that he used was bringing back public safety to where we're in light in a positive manner, and I think that's what he's going to try to do. At least I hope that's what he tries to do," Peterson added.

"I believe he does what he says and says what he means," said Clifford.

Though Trump's straight talk is something the law enforcers respect, Peterson believes he needs to watch his words.

"I think when somebody takes his phone away from him and says don't tweet anymore, I think we'll be all good," said Peterson.

The are those who still won't accept Trump.

"I think what people need to understand is this, he's our president, and he's elected. He's elected by the people. Regardless of whether you voted for him or not, it's something that we're going to have to deal with for the next four years and give him that opportunity to show what he can do," Peterson said.

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