The city of West Point and the West Point Police Department proudly welcomes West Point native Ramirez Ivy and Macon native Mary Beth Watt to the force of the WPPD where they will serve as patrol officers.
Last Tuesday, the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen voted in executive session to hire Ivy and Watt, who both said they are pleased and excited about serving the community of West Point.
A 2000 graduate of West Point High School, Ivy worked in the community, observing an array of things, and said he wants to be an influence on the community and have a deeper approach. Ivy said helping the people of West Point establish more trust in law enforcement officers is one of his biggest goals as an officer and plans to achieve that through a number of avenues.
â€śBeing respectful, treating people like I would want them to treat me, treating people like they are people and taking time to listen â€“ thatâ€™s what people want,â€ť Ivy said. â€śThey want you to listen and understand them.â€ť
After attending Northeast Mississippi Community College Ivy, who currently resides in Columbus, continued pursuing his law enforcement education online at the University of Phoenix where he received an online degree in Criminal Justice in the fall of 2012. Ivy is also a graduate of the Columbus Part Time Police Academy.
Watt, a Military veteran, graduated from Houston High School and served as a gunners mate in the Coast Guard from 2002 to 2007. After serving as a Coast Guard Watt enrolled at Mississippi State University where she received her bachelorâ€™s degree in Criminology in August of 2012. She is a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy and a state certified law enforcement officer.
Watt, who worked at the Macon Police Depart for about two years, said sheâ€™s always had an interest in law enforcement and hopes to contribute her education and expertise to deter crime in West Point and help keep the community safe. Watt said she was introduced to law enforcement after being asked to serve as an auxiliary officer for the Macon Police Department, which she did for one year.
â€śI tell everybody it seems to have chosen me because I like the work, and I like feeling like I can help people,â€ť Watt said.
Interactive programs for juveniles is something Watts said sheâ€™s interested in as well as increasing officer presence and being more active in the elderly community to prevent elderly neglect and abuse.
West Point Chief of Police Tim Brinkley said the WPPD is proud to have these two new officers on board and believe they will prove beneficial to the department and to the city of West Point.
â€śWe had several local applicants and most of them received interviews, but the ones we selected were the best candidates and did extremely well during the interview process,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śWe feel like they can bring something to the department. Itâ€™s always good when you can hire local people, but sometimes local candidates arenâ€™t always the best candidates.â€ť