Jackson police discuss operation with federal partners

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police and federal authorities are partnering to fight against violent crime in the capital city. The initiative is called “Operation Unity,” and it brings together federal agencies, along with the Jackson Police Department, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The law enforcement agencies are banding together to create a stronger presence on the streets of Jackson. They plan to pay attention to crime hotspots in the city.

Jackson Police Chief James Davis said a majority of homicides in Jackson involve disputes among loved ones or people settling issues with guns. He said it’s senseless, and people in the community are scared.

“We hear your cry. I want our business communities to know, our houses of worship, our schools, to let you know that we hear your cry. And we’re joined together in unity as one law enforcement to saturate the city of Jackson, to bring these individuals to justice that are taking habit upon our community,” stated Davis.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said he sent a letter to Chief Davis, advising him to not hold Tuesday’s news conference. He released the following statement:

Today, Jackson Police Department Chief James E. Davis announced JPD’s ‘Operation Unity’ to saturate the City of Jackson with state and local law enforcement over the next two weeks.  I was told about this operation on Friday by one of my federal prosecutors, and I called Chief Davis to advise him against telling criminals in advance about an upcoming law enforcement operation.  Chief Davis did not answer nor return my phone call, so I sent him a letter yesterday, imploring him not to hold a press conference before such an operation, as it could put officers’ lives in danger and criminals would simply hide to avoid detection.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work closely with JPD and our other partners in order to prosecute violent criminals in Jackson, as we have been doing for the last three years, under Project EJECT.  But I pray for our law enforcement and their safety over the next two weeks in Jackson, and I hope that future law enforcement operations will be conducted to have more meaningful, long-term effects.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

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