Friday, April 23, 2010
Verbatim Statement: At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Johnson and Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman announced the implementation of Operation H.E.R.O. (High Enforcement and Response Operation). Operation H.E.R.O. will involve Jackson Police in partnership with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, ATF's (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) Cease Fire Unit, MBN (MS Bureau of Narcotics), HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force) and JET (Jackson Enforcement Team) in an effort to curb street level drug sales and related crimes.
"The task force will target areas that have been identified by calls from citizens in reference to drug sales, shots being fired and reports of prostitution," said Chief Coleman.
This operation will focus on areas throughout the city. Officers will have a presence in the targeted areas at various times of the day and night, and checkpoints will be set up to increase visibility.
"We urge citizens to help us identify potential areas of street-level drug activity by calling the Jackson Police Department Drug Hotline at 601-960-0025," said Mayor Johnson. "This task force is specifically designed to combat street-level drug crimes that so often escalate to incidences of violence, like much of the recent violence we have been experiencing in our city," Johnson added.
Operation H.E.R.O. will be a continuous effort with over 25 officers from the various agencies and JPD.
Wonderful idea. Stupid name.
- Brian C Johnson
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