‘Lock it or Lose It’ Campaign
More than $130,000 in grant funding has been awarded to law enforcement agencies in the Southern District to reduce violence in our local communities.
The Long Beach Police Department was awarded more than $7,000 to implement a campaign called ‘Lock it or Lose it,’ which encourages residents to lock their vehicles and homes to deter burglaries, violent crimes, and murders.
Long Beach police noted that numerous guns have been stolen from Long Beach and used in crime throughout the southeast including a deadly murder in Jackson, Alabama, a drive-by shooting in Moss Point, and another stolen gun was found during a drug bust in Harrison County.
All three were stolen from unlocked cars in Long Beach. Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal said, “A lot of agency’s budget do not allow for the funding for these types of programs without seeking the help from federal grants. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst being able to provide these funds to allow us to implement this program is a major plus for our area.”
The funding is part of the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office’s ‘Project EJECT,’ ‘Project Safe Neighborhoods,’ and ‘Project Guardian.’
The City of Jackson also received more than $70,000 and Copiah County received more than $55,000 to combat violent crime and gang violence.