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JPD hopes hiring will deter crime

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thirty homicides in nearly five months; Jackson Police want to shoot crime head on and Police Chief Lindsey Horton believes one way to do that is hiring new officers.

The capital city has seen 30 homicides, 245 Aggravated Assault cases and 252 armed robberies since the beginning of 2014. Horton says its time to put a stop on violence.

"Personally I am absolutely fed up," said Horton. "People are taking lives all over simple silly misunderstandings. We need to figure out other ways to mediate our differences without grabbing weapons and fighting. It's bordering on being embarrassing to be honest with you."

Chief Horton believes adding sworn officers to the Jackson police force is one way to deflate crime head on. He says the department is budgeted for about 525 officers, leaving JPD down about 80 officers.

"If our emphasis is to diminish drugs and other crimes off the street then it's important we have officers on the street," said Horton. "Criminals tend not to commit crimes when police officers are around. So our objective is to saturate the streets of Jackson."

The Hinds County Detention Center facilitates detainees from JPD as well as the Hinds County Sheriff's Office. Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou says right now the sheriff's office has 32 openings within the corrections division.

"So that we can maintain proper control and custody of these inmates, so we are not over working those that we already have down there," said Picou.

Both Picou and Horton says it is critical to deter crime within the city and the county and for that to happen one of the important pieces to the puzzle is recruiting people who want to make a difference.

"I want quality individuals who want to take pride in wearing the uniform and serving the citizens of Jackson and this police department," says Horton.

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