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Vicksburg responds to rise in crime with new crime prevention task force committee

More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT
More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT
More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT
More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Vicksburg is responding to a recent rise in crime with a new crime prevention task force committee.

This comes after a violent weekend, that includes the shooting death of a 21-year-old inside his home.  

READ MORE: Vicksburg man whose home was shot into dies at hospital

Social media is one of many tools the new task force is using to help combat crime -- a fight the new members know won't be easy.

“We have solved crimes through social media, because most of the time the younger generation, what they are going to do, if they do something they can put it on social media,” said Johnnie Edwards.

Edwards is the chief investigator for the Vicksburg Police Department and a new member of the task force.

He will work on the social media team. 

So far this year, Edwards says four people have been killed Vicksburg and the department has received more than 130 calls of people discharging firearms.

The city is also dealing with an increase in property crimes.

“At the end day, we have unsolved murders, unsolved property crimes and we want to bring closure to them,” said Edwards.

More than a dozen attorneys, citizens, judges and police officers make up the new committee that will explore ways to reduce crime.

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Vicksburg’s IT Director Pam Newton is also part of the team.

Newman is the chairman of the cameras, surveillance, data and statistics committee. She says more cameras will soon monitor crime and increase protection in dangerous areas of town.

“I am really excited because I am a mother and it's disheartening seeing some of the things happening, not just in Vicksburg, but everywhere,” she said.

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