The Madisonville Police Department will soon begin providing law enforcement assistance to the City of Midway during random periods throughout the week to help enforce city ordinance violations as well as traffic laws.
“What we are experiencing is a new spirit of unity and cooperation between these two communities in this county,” said Midway Mayor Tony Leago. “We hope that this community spirit grows beyond our own city limits. It is our county that needs to prosper and to grow together.” The task will be an option for MPD officers who wish to perform an “extra job” and they will be compensated by the City of Midway. The officer will be on duty on a random day each week and random hours on those days.
“We are all in this together as law enforcement of this county,” said MPD Police Chief Herbert Gilbert. “We will always assist a fellow officer and are willing to help out in any way we can, just as we do now. We all work together and we all understand that.”
All of the necessary agreements for the deal have been reached and it will progress once both sides conclude a few minor details.
“This will be the first time Midway has a enforcement mechanism,” said Leago. “You can have all the ordinances you want, but it does not matter unless you can enforce them. That is going to change.”
The biggest problem experienced by the small community is speeding. Large vehicles have been known to barrel through downtown or even top 50 miles per hour on the side of gravel roads too close to resident driveways for comfort. It will also allow basic ordinances to be enforced by the officers.
“We are a community and we have an obligation to each other,” said Leago. “I would like to know a community that does not have ordinances spelling out what they can do. They have also found that there needs to be some sort of law enforcement structure to keep them in place.”
Midway is also hoping to bring new businesses into their town and experience a more structured environment as a whole. The town recently received a Family Dollar, which has been extremely rewarding, and will soon add a cafe as well.
“When you assure people of stability and commonality, it can make a world of difference,” said Leago. “If people want to invest in an area, they want to know what is expected beforehand and have that predictability.”
Midway hopes to someday have their own officer, possibly a retired law enforcement member, to patrol the town on a more permanent basis.
“This is a new day for our county,” said Leago. “County governments can work together. What goes on here is all of our business and we are not trying to reinvent in the wheel. We just want to take the resources that we have in place and use them to the benefit of all of us.”