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Mississippi police officers found to be overworked

Mississippi police officers found to be overworked

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Mississippi police officers are overworked, according to data released in a Safewise report.

"Everyday it's like something bad," said Alaska Butler. "It's like you don't want to watch the news, but you have to watch it to know what's going on in your area."

A newly released study revealed 10 states with the most overworked police officers. Mississippi ranks number seven.

"I don't think, they are over worked," said Butler. "They are here to serve and protect. Just like clock work, a hospital stays open 24 hours we need to be served and protected 24 hours a day."

The Safewise study highlights there are four officers for every 1,000 residents. According to FBI statistics from 2014, our state reported about 193 thousand property and violent crimes, meaning each officer handled an average of about 15 crimes.

Metro area resident Alaska Butler said she believes more officers wouldn't necessarily deter the crime, she believes it will take a community effort.

"You know, it could be better if we just all pull together as a community instead of going against one another," added Butler. "We can just pull together and make positive things happen."

The study shows Michigan is the number one state with overworked officers. We reached out to several law enforcement agencies to comment on the matter, but all declined.

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