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Jackson joins federal violent crime fighting group

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson officials may now have access to federal funds to fight violent crime. Jackson is now part of the Justice Department's Violence Reduction Network.

Formed two years ago, the network is designed to provide a hands-on approach to reduce violence in cities across the country. Cities that were selected have violence levels exceeding the national average.

The Violence Reduction Network is a partnership between the justice department, federal crime fighting agencies and local police departments.
The cities are able to tap into the wealth of knowledge from the feds, along with funding through grants to buy crime fighting equipment, like body cameras;
resources Jackson city leaders say are in need during tight budget times.

"I'm glad the federal government realize that the crime we have now is not as high as it could be and we need to try to nip it in the bud," said Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

"From what I've seen it looks like a really good opportunity for Jackson," said Councilman Ashby Foote. "I think it gives us an opportunity to deploy cutting edge state of the art tools for the police department to go about their business and be as effective as possible."

The Violence Reduction Network says they have $67 million they plan to invest in cities like Jackson, buying equipment and training in efforts to reduce violent crimes.

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