Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – Local and regional law enforcement officers visited Coahoma Community College Thursday to learn about new programs put in place to help curb scrap metal theft and recover stolen items within the state.
Officers from Ruleville Police Department, Clarksdale Police Department and Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office joined CCC officers for the training led by the Investigator David Penson of the Regulation and Enforcement Division of the Secretary of State’s Office and Jordan West, client success manager for Dallas-based organization LeadsOnline.
The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office regulates the sale of scrap metal in Mississippi. In 2008, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann implemented the LeadsOnline system, which utilizes a web-based system for recording scrap metal transactions across the State to help minimize scrap metal theft affecting business, homes, government buildings and churches.
CCC Director of Campus Safety Leon Williams said the presentation is being made to agencies across the state and will assist not only CCC, but the community as well.
“Historically in this region we’ve had problems with individuals stealing different types of metal and selling it, but now scrap metal dealers are required to enter information online that law enforcement agencies can access,” said Williams. “If we happen to have any burglaries we can access and see information about persons of interest.”
Williams said he also plans to encourage use of another free website that allows individuals to record important information regarding valuable items. Students can go online to submit pictures and serial numbers on property such as televisions, game consoles, and jewelry.
“The service is really priceless,” said Williams. “Now with any type of missing items or burglary the officers will have information right at their fingertips. It’s now a level playing field that puts us ahead of the bad guys.”