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Hinds County Sheriff announces "Street Crimes Unit"

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason announced the formation of a Hinds County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Street Crimes Unit.

"The level of crime and senseless violence in too many Hinds County neighborhoods is shocking," said Mason. "As the county's top law enforcement official, It will act to protect the innocent and bring peace to neighborhoods under assault by criminals.'

Mason noted both full-time and part-time deputies with expertise in fighting drugs, prostitution, and other street-level crimes will make up this select unit.

The HCSO Street Crimes Unit will work closely with the HCSO Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigations Division, as well as other agencies.

According to Mason, the HCSO Street Crimes Unit will take a proactive approach in fighting crime, deterring crime, and apprehending criminals. "We will target crime hot spots," he noted. "We will visit neighborhood associations and let them show us problem areas. And we will respond."

'Gathering intelligence will be a major part of this endeavor. I ask citizens with information regarding illegal activity to call the Hinds County Sheriff's Office."

Sheriff Mason says he will also put to use the decades he's spent studying criminal gangs.

"We've got to deter young men from joining street gangs. Our community as a whole must offer kids better options than becoming foot soldiers for organized crime.'

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