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Fighting crime by literally cleaning up the streets

Jackson Code Enforcement marked abandoned houses on Patch Street in west Jackson where police and community improvement are targeting high crime areas where blight attracts crime.   Source: WLBT Jackson Code Enforcement marked abandoned houses on Patch Street in west Jackson where police and community improvement are targeting high crime areas where blight attracts crime. Source: WLBT
"It makes me feel disgusted, makes me sick, said resident Diane Teat. "I walk down through here. I hate to look at it."    Source: WLBT "It makes me feel disgusted, makes me sick, said resident Diane Teat. "I walk down through here. I hate to look at it." Source: WLBT
"It takes a community, and it's not about one. It's about all of us," said Rosemont church member Gaylyn Preston.   Source: WLBT "It takes a community, and it's not about one. It's about all of us," said Rosemont church member Gaylyn Preston. Source: WLBT
Jackson's new top cop said officers, Code enforcement, Community Improvement and Public Works are doing this together.   Source: WLBT Jackson's new top cop said officers, Code enforcement, Community Improvement and Public Works are doing this together. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Police and Code Enforcement are fighting crime by transforming neighborhoods. They hit the streets Tuesday in west Jackson.

Law officers and code enforcement officers were a welcomed sight on one west Jackson street where residents say those who keep their property clean are being outnumbered by negligent landowners and outsiders who have transformed their street into a dumping ground.

Jackson Code Enforcement marked abandoned houses on Patch Street in west Jackson where police and community improvement are targeting high crime areas where blight attracts crime.

Contributing to the problem is a dump site in front of a house in the 4300 block. Residents say it's been building for more than two years.

"It makes me feel disgusted, makes me sick, said resident Diane Teat. "I walk down through here. I hate to look at it."

But Tuesday cleanup began, spearheaded by nearby Rosemont M.B. CHurch and aided by Mississippi College students. This is the church's third neighborhood debris removal effort.

"We're organizing the community to have block captains to keep it clean, said Rosemont Pastor Jimmy Edwards. "We don't really want to just do a clean up, but we want to maintain it. We want to keep it clean."

"Mississippi College loves to come and help where they can...It's a blessing to be able to be a part of that, and we're really excited to see how it's gonna affect the community," said Mississippi College sophomore Jeremy Kerstell.

"It's absolutely crucial. it's part of our overall crime fighting plan," said JPD Chief Lee Vance as bulldozers picked up discarded furniture and fallen tree limbs.

Jackson's new top cop said officers, Code enforcement, Community Improvement and Public Works are doing this together.

Vance said it's a part of MACE or the Metro Area Crime Elimination plan, similar to Baton Rouge's BRAVE crime fighting concept.

"We want to restore this neighborhood as much as we possibly can and also this helps to bridge gaps between us and the community," added Vance. "They see us out here working they're gonna be more likely to want to work with us."

"It takes a community, and it's not about one. It's about all of us," said Rosemont church member Gaylyn Preston.

"I move the trash out of the street with my own tractors and my time," said property owner Derrick Chambers. "The kids try to play up and down these streets, but they can't play down here because number one trash in the street. I'm glad to see everybody out here. I'm glad to see our new police chief and everything doing his job."

"I thank God they're doing a wonder job. They're doing a great job," added Teat who said she hoped this clean up would drive the drug dealers and criminals out of the area.

Demolition on some of those abandoned structures begins Wednesday.

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