B. L. Palmer was the police chief of Marianna with Alex Sims as his chief dispatcher. The two of them realized a need for senior citizens that was not being addressed. After input from various organizations, Police Cares was formed. Each morning, citizens who live alone or have medical issues call in to the police department. If the department has not heard from them by their appointment times, an officer will put a call in to them. If there is no answer, officers are dispatched to their address to check on them. Chief Hayes Baggett was impressed enough with the program, that he continues it today. He has taken Police Cares a step further. Each November, these citizens are treated to a luncheon at Madison’s Restaurant, complete with being chauffeured to the event.
Wednesday, Madison’s Restaurant was full of these fine citizens of Marianna. Officers, dignitaries, and others were present to meet, greet, and visit with them.
Chief Hayes Baggett was pleased with the turnout, “We have checked on these citizens, some of them since before I took office. This was a great idea that was in place when I was elected police chief. This is something I feel very strongly about. These folks have lived a long and productive life and we just want to make sure they are safe. Once a year, we like to get everyone together, give them a nice meal, and a chance to visit with others outside their home environment. The officers look forward to it as much as they do I believe. It’s always heartwarming to see the appreciation in their eyes.”
Congratulations to Chief Hayes Baggett and his department for a job well done.