In a crowded northwest Jackson church Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis heard concerns from residents on Thursday evening and got their thoughts on crime in the area.
"The parents need to go back to the old way, like when I was coming up. There is some of the things the kids are doing now, we were definitely not allowed to do," said concerned resident Ella Rose Miller.
And Lewis held little back when speaking about the criminal element.
"The people are scared. They're afraid. We have business owners that are scared and afraid, and somebody needs to step up and say something. So as the chief law enforcement officer of this county, it's our duty. It's our responsibility to step up and serve the people the way they need to be served," Lewis said.
He says some deputies will work from a command center during the two-week operation.
Law enforcement will be working in an area from Woodrow Wilson Boulevard to Northside Drive and over to Medgar Evers Boulevard.
Lewis grew up in the neighborhood and he hopes the operation will make it a better place to live.
"This neighborhood used to be a thriving community, to now it's like a third-world country," Lewis said.
Deputies will be looking for prostitutes and drug dealers. They'll also be checking businesses to make sure owners are operating legally.
"We're gonna use every piece of resource we have in the Hinds County Sheriff's Department," Lewis said.
Sheriff Lewis says U.S. Marshals and the ATF will be involved in the operation.
The Jackson Police Department wasn't invited to the meeting, but Lewis says he hopes JPD will become a part of the sheriff's department's efforts.
"We're gonna extend an olive branch. We're gonna reach out to other agencies, other elected officials, and other agencies within Hinds County and Jackson to get us to work together on addressing the issues in our community," Lewis said.
JPD has conducted similar crackdowns.
Lewis challenged the residents to keep the momentum once deputies wrap up this operation by cleaning the streets and organizing active neighborhood watch organizations.
He also says the sheriff's department will be conducting similar crackdowns in other communities in the county.
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