MHP helps protect our state - - Jackson, MS

MHP helps protect our state

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - We're learning more about a special team of investigators ready to roll at a moments notice to hunt down escaped fugitives and super violent criminals! 

"We've all been trained in tracking skills," said Lt. Steve Crawford. "We went to some of the best at Angola, Louisiana."

They are considered the best of the best. The Mississippi Highway Patrol's Special Operations Group consists of 49 specialty trained law enforcement officers.

"Tracking, roadblocks, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes; either apprehend or find the missing person," added Lt. Crawford.

Crawford, Director of the Special Operations Group, said if Mississippi encounters a threat like the one out of Charleston, South Carolina, where a gunman is on the run, or a situation like the one in New York where two violent inmates escaped from jail, the Special Operations Group will be called in to search our state and keep you safe.

"Most of it when you go out you are looking for a missing child or a missing elderly that's walked away from the house," said Crawford. 

The SOG team has been working alongside Madison County Sheriff's Office in the search of Myra Lewis. They also played a major role in the deadly abduction case in North Mississippi where they found the culprit Adam Mayes and then rescued two young girls Mayes had abducted.
"It's rewarding when you find them, added Crawford. "Very, very rewarding." 

The manpower and specialty trainings ensure Mississippi is prepared for any type of situation.

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