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JPD holds conflict resolution seminar in response to recent spike in homicides

The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT
The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT
The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT
The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The deadly violence continues to be a concern for city leaders and now members of law enforcement want to get out in front of the violence before it spreads any further.

The Jackson Police Department held a conflict resolution seminar in response to the recent spike in homicides in Jackson.

Their strategy is to provide people with non-violent alternatives to solving disputes.

Jackson got off to it's deadliest start in 2018 when it comes to murders. 

READ MORE: 2018 is Jackson's deadliest year on record, per FBI data

There were 34 recorded in the first four months, and the city is already up to 38 just past the first week of May.

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Jackson police are hoping to educate people, through conflict resolution, to stop the violence.

"You want to get people to understand there are consequences and when people resort to violence, the afterthought is 'I wish I could of used a little bit more resolve,' because acting out on emotions is only going to have negative consequences," said Commander H.L. Horton.

Jackson police held their monthly community outreach meeting Thursday, focusing on conflict resolution, anger management and crime prevention.

Commander Horton is the lead instructor at the Jackson Police Department.  He's hoping he can instill lessons on anger management with citizens during their monthly outreach meeting, to curb the rising violence.

Citizens say they have their own ideas what's behind it.

"There's no patience and a lot of it deals with money," said Jackson resident Freddie Donaldson. "People that don't have money, going to take it from someone that does have it."

"Every time they arrest someone, then someone comes along and hollers 'he was such a good boy' and all this and if they were such a good boy, he wouldn't be shooting anybody," said Jackson resident Eddie Bunch.

With lives being taken across the city, organizers of the conflict resolution seminar hope they can ease tension in a community plagued with violence.

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