Are Hinds County Deputies spending less time on patrol? - - Jackson, MS

Are Hinds County Deputies spending less time on patrol?

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson residents are expressing concerns about staffing at the Hinds county jail, reducing patrol numbers on the streets.

"What we learned is that they're short staffed and that they're using them for four hours at the jail and four hours on the streets," said Katrishia Maxion. "But that means the calls on the streets are going unnoticed."

Maxion says she has family and friends that live in the county, and say they've noticed fewer Hinds county deputies on patrol, and even a slower response time when they call for assistance.

Maxion says she's now concerned staffing shortages at the jail have resulted in staffing changes, reducing the number of county law enforcement actually on patrol. She also believes that leaves county residents more at risk, for burglaries, and other thefts.

"True enough we have to look out for the jail as well," said Maxion. "But they're confined, so I feel like the deputies that belong on the street belong on the street period."

Hinds county sheriff's department spokesman Othor Cain says the department is shifting around deputies, to fill spots at the jail, to comply with grand jury recommendations.

He also says while doing that, they continue to fully staff all patrol slots, without any left unattended.

The county also recently received funding to cover overtime, for officers working extra shifts at the jail in Raymond, eliminating the need to pull officers off patrol.

The Sheriff's department also says that public safety is their utmost concern, and that they would never put the lives of citizens at risk.

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