Reserve Deputies patrol downtown Jackson on foot - - Jackson, MS

Reserve Deputies patrol downtown Jackson on foot

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Hinds County Reserve Deputies Colvin Mann and Jacqueline Amos walk side by side. They carry weapons and can make arrests. But the difference is, they don't get paid as law enforcement officers. They volunteer on a new foot patrol in downtown Jackson. 
"We've had the privilege of meeting people from Canada, Russia, all parts of the United States," said Mann. "We want to create a presence that makes our tourists, business people, people just coming downtown to eat, we want them to feel safe and feel like they can come back downtown and enjoy it." 
In response to discussions with business owners, Reserve Deputies are now patrolling East Capitol Street between Lamar and Mill Streets, the business district. It's a step in the right direction, even though this area is not known for violent crime. 
Matthew Kajdan is the Chef at Parlor Market. He says the increased patrol will put customers at ease. 
"Most of the issue down here is you got some homeless people. It makes them feel unsafe," said Kajdan. "But there aren't any problems downtown. But the Hinds County Deputies, and the Sheriffs, make it a ton better."
"I think different conversations people have been having about visibility, and the idea of Sgt. Mann of wanting to be proactive," said Captain Joseph Daughtry. "It's easy to be reactive but our Sheriff wants us to be proactive."

The Sheriff's Office is working in partnership with the Jackson Police Department on the program. The Reserve Deputies may eventually expand their patrol area to other downtown streets.

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