Thursday, June 29, 2006
Byhalia PD graduates two from academy
By SUE WATSON
Teresa Lesure and Lee Brandon Hutchens are recent graduates of a Mississippi law enforcement training academy, according to Byhalia Chief of Police Mike Novay.
Lesure, a part-time officer with Byhalia PD, graduated from the Ole Miss/Lafayette County training academy for part-time officers coming out with a part-time certification, he said. Lesure, a full-time certified jailer with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and a resident of the Holly Springs area, served as class president in her academy, Novay said. She was hired as part-time police officer with Byhalia PD August 2, 2005.
Hutchens, who joined the Byhalia PD August 8, 2005, attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Tupelo, where he served as squad leader during training.
He received Academic #1 and Overall Top Cadet in all categories in his class.
Hutchens holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Northwest Community College and is in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves. He is also from the area.
Novay said all law officers must receive training as required by state standards. The beginning officer must receive eight hours of continuing education this year and 16 hours in 2007, he said.
“It’s progressively up from there,” Novay said. “We are under the same scrutiny that all law enforcement is now.”
Novay said it is exciting times to work for the town of Byhalia with the area growing in population and with progressive leadership from Mayor Scooter Dempsey, the board of aldermen, Chamber of Commerce and other leaders.
“The mayor and board are rising to the challenge,” he said. “It’s exciting and great. I get comments unexpectedly from people who come to me and say, ‘y'all are doing a great job.’
“I put together a plan of operation, the board and mayor supports that and the officers carry out the plan in the street,” he said. “Everyone (leadership) is driving in the same direction. Everybody is excited to be here.”
Mayor Scooter Dempsey praised the Byhalia Police Force and chief Mike Novay working continually to build professionalism in the police force.
“A special thanks to Chief Novay for his commitment and level of professionalism,” Dempsey said. “All of these great accomplishments don’t just hyappen by themselves. Someone has to have the vision and the persistance to follow through.
“As mayor, I am honored to have Mike Novay, a man who exemplifies honor and integrity, day in and day out, to serve as Byhalia’s Police Chief. Thank you for all your hard work and congratulations to the cadets for their great accomplishments,”
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