Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $675,000)
The City of Jackson “The City” is the capital of Mississippi and is continuing its goal of delivering innovative and effective public safety programs to the citizens of Jackson within Hinds County. The city had to reduce its current fiscal year’s budget to offset unexpected reductions in tax revenue. Jackson has reported fifty-four murders and we are just 5 months into 2022 fiscal year. The City of Jackson has the highest volume of violent crimes in the nation as of today, we have seen an increase of gun violence for the past 4years. Our focus will be to combine resources and power to work with our local ATF partners in utilize intelligence, technology, and community partners to identify unlawful firearms, individuals using them and the sources providing them. We have a great relationship with the local District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office, who are on standby to prosecute anyone engaged in violent crimes. The Jackson Police Department is being initiative-taking in all Precincts 1,2,3 and 4. Precincts 3 & 4 has seen a 133% rise in homicides, with most being violent gun crimes. Precincts 1 and 2 has seen a 24.2% increase this year. Our objective is to utilize funding of the 2022 local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative Grant to enhance the conviction rate, solve cold cases of gun crimes and solve any cases of violent gun crimes with the assistances of our ATF partners and other resources. The Jackson Police Department will purchase innovative technology and equipment to combat gun crimes, expand the Blue
Light Camera System to capture crime in real-time with the aid of our Real Time Command Center. There is also, a need for two new SUV with all the current technology needed to have mobile units on patrol, a drone for active shooters and criminal round ups, the crime scene units and crime lab will need testing equipment for Ballistics, Drug related gun crimes and GSR Kits for testing individual suspects. Our goal is to create a tracking system for all cases and to increase victim participation through this initiative, the Jackson Police Department will be able to take a multidisciplinary approach to combatting gun crimes and prosecuting perpetrators engaged in violent crimes. This grant will provide for critical equipment and firsthand ballistics assistance from ATF. Dues to current budget constraints of our general operating budget, funds for the innovative technology equipment would not be available.