Oxford Police Department alerts community during power outage

Published 11:37 am Friday, February 3, 2017

We have praised the Oxford Police Department for its social media efforts in the past, but there’s nothing wrong with recognizing a good thing more than once.

Last night’s large power outage in Oxford reminded us that the Oxford Police Department not only keeps us safe but they also keep us informed when we need somewhere to turn for important community information.

Soon after the Old Taylor Road power station went down last night, knocking out power for much of Oxford and parts of Lafayette County, the Oxford Police Department was active on Twitter, letting residents know what had occurred.

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They told us the power went out. They told us the substation was the root cause. They told us to stop at all traffic signals if they were out. They told us when the electricity came back on.

Oxford Electric was active on social media as well, and those efforts are duly noted.

But not all police departments engage the public as advocates for the citizens likes Oxford’s, and it is important that we let our department know that we both appreciate and applaud their effort.

Starting with Chief Joey East who encourages the activity, and continuing with a culture throughout the entire department, good work is being done. And we are thankful.