JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - After a rash of crime and violence in Mississippi’s capital city, Gov. Tate Reeves has announced plans to increase the Department of Public Safety’s role in Jackson.
A press release Tuesday announced that Reeves has signed House Bill 974 which authorizes the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to acquire the State Capitol Police Department.
“Effective July 1, 2021, the State Capitol Police Department functions as a stand-alone subsidiary of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and works in collaboration with existing sworn personnel,” the release stated.
Additionally, Reeves has also signed Senate Bill 2788, which authorizes the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol to set up radar on highways in municipalities with a population above 15,000.
Reeves and Sean Tindell, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, will talk about their planned safety initiatives at a press conference on Wednesday, July 14, at 2 p.m.
With homicides surging 38 percent over the same period last year, there has been talks by Jackson council members of bringing in the Mississippi National Guard to help subdue violent crime in the city.
With a reported 17 homicides in the Capital City, the month of June 2021 was the deadliest in Jackson’s history.
So far there have been 79 homicides in the City of Jackson this year.