Police in southern Mississippi have set up shop in temporary headquarters, their stations either heavily damaged or wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, says the Biloxi Sun Herald. Dozens of patrol cars and thousands of dollars in communications systems lie in ruins across two counties. With the exception of looting, police officials are not reporting any signs of apocalyptic anarchy. Fuel supplies are improving. Officials say they remain overwhelmed by communications problems.
It’s hard, if not impossible, to reach police by telephone from Gulfport west to the Louisiana state line. Out-of-state patrol cars outnumber local cruisers. If you need police, you’re more likely to reach help faster by flagging down a marked car, regardless of where it’s from. “There’s not much left here to patrol, but we’re glad to have an office,” said Long Beach Police Chief Harley Schinker. Said Biloxi Police Sgt. Jackie Rhodes: “We’ve got NYPD officers riding patrol with us and scads of officers from Florida.” More than 100 looting suspects have been jailed in one county.