Some good news for the capitol city as we start a new year. The latest crime stats show a major drop in homicides in 2009.
In 2008, the city of Jackson had the highest numbers of murders since 1995. In the last twelve months, those numbers dropped dramatically.
In 2008 there were 74 homicides reported in Jackson. Last year that number dropped to just 40 homicides. That's a reduction of just over 45 percent.
So what led to that improvement? J.P. D. credits their stronger presence in the community as a factor behind the crime reduction. There are currently 480 officers on the streets, more than there have been in past years.
In 2009 Jackson Police also reinstated the quality of life officers. Their goal is to establish a relationship with residents and business owners to work together, to keep crime down.
"The community has really stepped up this year and assisted the police department. They're working well with our detectives bureau our detectives have been working hard when our detectives get a case like this it's personal and they want to bring closure to the family,"says Public Information Officer Joseph Daughtry.
Jackson Police detectives were able to solve 30 of last years homicides.
In 2008, Jackson ranked 23rd in a list of the most dangerous cities in the United States. The study was done by the Congressional Quarterly Press Report.