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|Crime Task Force formed in Concordia|
Crime Task Force formed in Concordia
The first eight hours investigating a crime scene are the most important, said Sheriff Randy Maxwell.
That's why Maxwell has organized the Felony Action Task Force, made up of members of the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office, Vidalia Police Department and Ferriday Police Department.
Sheriff's Office Investigator David Hedricks will be over the task force.
"David will make the call on if the task force is needed for a major felony crime," Maxwell said.
Maxwell emphasized that Vidalia Police Chief Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks and Ferriday Police Chief Kenneth Hedrick will be in charge of any criminal situations involving their towns.
"They will call all the shots in their towns, we will be there for support and for anything they need," Maxwell said. "We'll move mountains to make things happen."
Others are on the task force are Bobby Sheppard and Jack Fletcher from the Sheriff's Office, Arthur Lewis, Drew Harrison, Randy Stockman and Terance Williams of the Vidalia Police Department, and Johnny Evans from the Ferriday Police Department.
Maxwell said the parish had a crime task force years ago.
"We've got two new police chiefs and everyone really works well together as a unit," Maxwell said. "I pretty much know everyone on a personal basis. We're working together to help move this parish forward. I am very happy and pleased that we are able to come together for the parish."
"There is over 100 years of experience on this force and I am really excited about it," Hendricks said .
"I want to thank the sheriff for getting everyone together and look forward to working with everyone," Hedrick said.
Maxwell said the task force will also work with Natchez Police and the Adams County Sheriff's Office.
"That river does not separate crime," Maxwell said. "We've had some drive-bys in Ferriday and Vidalia that were by Natchez people."
Maxwell said after the District Attorney's race is complete, a member of the DA's office will join the task force.
"This will give us a different angle from the prosecutor's point of view," he said.
Maxwell said the public will continue to play a major part in solving crimes.
"It doesn't matter how good you are, you have to have the help of the public," he said. "And it will be done confidentially."
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