The first four months of 2018 are on pace to be deadliest year yet for the City of Jackson.
A rising concern that has many questioning their safety and community resources. City leaders say there are multiple things that contribute to this deadly trend, including the problem of having “idle hands” or not enough wholesome resources to keep the community engaged and busy.
“My oldest brother was a victim of crime,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “He was shot in the head here in Jackson, Mississippi so I am no friend to crime, but I understand that in order to address it, it’s more than just a measure of policing. It’s about addressing all the measures that lead up to crime.”
Councilman for Ward 4 De’Keither Stamps is also hard at work solving this issue. He’s in the process of rebuilding a rundown home and lot on Raymond Road, turning it into a positive alternative for neighborhood kids to come out and learn from.
“We have to understand it’s easier to build a healthy child, then to repair a broken adult,” said Councilman Stamps. “If we work on our children and providing them the best, most structured environment they can possibly have, we can teach them empathy and love.”
The Jackson Police Department recognizes that they need more officers and resources to be effective when it comes to keeping people safe and they are hiring, but they’re also looking to be more proactive.
“Starting May 10, we will have a conflict resolution class. It’s going to be put on by our training staff at the training facility,” said Interim Chief Anthony Moore. “We encourage people to come out and address any issues they may have and we will have workers there to talk about conflict resolution.”
Chief Moore says being transparent with the community and relying on them ‘to say something when they see something’ is also key to keeping our neighborhoods safe.
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