Jackson leaders react to Gov. Reeves’ public safety initiative

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson saw 17 homicides during the month of June. On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves announced a new public safety initiative.

The governor said the initiative will not supplement the Jackson Police Department, but instead, it will complement them.

Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes said he appreciates the efforts.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but I still think the national guard will be the ultimate decision made by the governor, but this is a step in the right direction,” he stated.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement about the governor’s initiative.

We are pleased to see within the plan shared today that the State of Mississippi and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is moving towards the transparency that we identified as an urgent need when the City of Jackson created the Police Identification Task Force. That said, the problem of crime is not going to be solved through policing alone.

The State’s efforts to better streamline its law enforcement agencies and bolster communication in and around the Capitol City Complex and State highways is within its jurisdiction. The City and Jackson Police Department welcome the commitment to greater collaboration and support. However, we must also apply the same effort toward authoring solutions that address the root of the problem. The State has failed to provide adequate funding in this regard. In order to realize true impact, it is necessary to also stand up and bolster the social supports and community programs that lift up our communities by addressing issues of poverty, joblessness, mental health, gaps in education and opportunity and more.

Chokwe A. Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson

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