COPY-Officers Working to Fight Crime in Precinct 2 - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 06/30/08

COPY-Officers Working to Fight Crime in Precinct 2

By Bert Case
bert@wlbt.net

Recent numbers show crime is up in Jackson's Precinct Two, especially in the areas of business, auto, and house burglaries.

Precinct Two goes from the Pearl River on the east to the Clinton City limits on the west, with I- 20 it's southern boundary and Fortification Street and Clinton Boulevard, the northern boundary.

The officers who work here let us follow them Monday as they made some drug arrests. They first went to a house at 645 Winter Street. In the center part of the city, because it is number one in complaints on the drug hotline.

Asst. Chief Lee Vance is pleased with the work being done in this area by Precinct Commander Jesse Robinson and his staff. "We are pleased with the job that he and his staff are doing", Vance said.

Robinson believes the crime numbers in his precinct can be brought down. When asked if he feels he can turn [the numbers] around Robinson said, "Yes I do, I feel real good."

He has the support of business operators like pawn shop operator Kevin McDonald at Big Daddy's Pawn on Terry Road.

"I am very satisfied, it's much better than it used to be, years ago. The response time is awesome, and quick," said McDonald.

The president of the Battlefield Neighborhood Association, Daisy Davis is also pleased with progress. "We need to do what we can to make our city safer and better," Davis said.

Sgt. Brady Hightower leads the quick response team in the precinct. "Sometimes when the numbers go up it really don't reflect the hard work the police officers are doing out here; sometimes it might seem unfair," Brady said.

The officers of Precinct Two are embarrassed by the increasing crime numbers and are doing everything they can to bring them down.

WLBT news has done many stories about crime in the Precinct Two area, particularly around Battlefield Park. Sheriff/Chief Malcolm McMillin responded to those stories and put officers in, to clean up the area.

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