Jackson police discuss efforts to reduce gun violence

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – City leaders have been vocal about fighting crime, but during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there was no mention of crime.

Officers at the Jackson Police Department held a news conference the same day to discuss the work they’ve been doing to get drugs and guns off the streets. Officer Sam Brown said the city has an issue with guns and COVID-19, but they’re also having to field release people facing misdemeanor crimes.

“Our officers go out police the city, answer calls for service, and then it goes into the hands of the judicial system at that point. But we wanted to let you know that the men and women of the Jackson Police Department are out here everyday during this pandemic fighting crime,” he stated.

According to Officer Brown, the department has several operations in action to keep people safe.

Chief James Davis appeared at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, but he did not make it to the JPD news conference.

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