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Police chief talks about recent cases

VIDALIA — Vidalia Police officers aren’t there just to be pretty.

That’s the message Police Chief Arthur Lewis brought Monday night at his monthly public briefing.

Lewis said his goals for the monthly meeting were to have members of the public attend, give him feedback about things that had happened in the community during the previous month and him provide any answers he could legally give.

As part of that briefing, Lewis read the Vidalia Police Department’s statistics for September at the meeting.

During September, the VPD had 11 arrests — three for driving under suspension; two for theft; one for simple burglary; one for possession of marijuana; one for disturbing the peace; one for DWI; one for aggravated assault and one bench warrant.

The chief said the VPD currently has 10 active cases.

The juvenile officer had 12 juvenile cases, Lewis said.

“The police officers are not just riding around trying to look pretty, staying under the air conditioning and not doing their job,” he said.

Lewis said the meetings will from now on be the second Monday of every month and will be at the police station.

No members of the public had any questions during the meeting.