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Police Want More Info On FEMA Trailer Park Residents

FEMA trailer parks are sprouting up across the Coast. Now, local law enforcement officers say they need FEMA's cooperation in order to better police these parks.

Residents say they're afraid for their lives, not knowing who their neighbors are and what dangers could be right next door.

Early Wednesday morning, shots were fired at a FEMA trailer park on Debuys Road in Biloxi. Now residents say they are fed up and want action.

"It's not right for the kids. It's not right for the people that are living here, that are trying to do things right. We need to get the trouble-makers out of here," said frustrated resident Kevin Ely.

Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan is trying to do just that. But he says privacy laws are standing in the way. He believes Congress should step in before this bad situation gets worse.

"If it is for the privacy act, let's get it fast tracked through Congress. Let's put an addendum to this and let's make an exception for law enforcement in this country for future disasters," said Dunagan.

Dunagan says he simply wants names. He and his officers are willing to investigate the rest.

"Then I feel we can find out if that's a pedophile, if that's a convicted sexual offender who is possibly not registered. And I think the honest people in the trailer parks would like to know if that's going on right next to them," said Dunagan.

FEMA trailer park resident Brenda Watson says there are some good people who live in her trailer park.

"There are some single couples out here, single mothers with babies, hard working people out here trying to work to get out of these trailers parks. And then there's those that just seem to want to make people's lives miserable," said Watson.

"We should be out there ahead of the game. Let's not wait until the child is molested. Let's not wait email some citizen is seriously injured and abused by some drug or gun fight going on in the trailer right next to them that nobody knew about," said Dunagan.

According to Chief Dunagan, there are about four FEMA trailer parks directly across from schools in the city of Biloxi. He says the police have no way of knowing what types of people occupy those trailers.

He is urging everyone to contact their congressman about the issue.

By Keitha Nelson

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