Reeves and Tindell launch safety initiative related to law enforcement presence and personnel

Governor Tate Reeves and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell announced a new initiative aimed at upholding public safety in our state’s capital city.

Governor Reeves signed House Bill 974 which authorizes the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to acquire the State Capitol Police Department.

Effective at the beginning of the month, the department now functions as a stand-alone subsidiary of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and works in collaboration with existing sworn personnel.

Additionally, Governor Reeves signed Senate Bill 2788 which authorized the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol to set up radar on highways in municipalities with a population above 15,000.

Governor Reeves said he sees a never-ending cycle of violent crime on the news in Jackson. “Safety divisions will increase their presence and visibility throughout the capitol complex improvement district. To our residents, and those looking to relocate, and those looking to invest in our capital city, I make this commitment to you. My administration will do whatever it takes to help keep downtown Jackson safe.”

Tindell said, “When other states are talking about defunding the police, cutting back on state resources for police and law enforcement, the state of Mississippi has stepped up. And as we increase the presence of state law enforcement, we feel we can make our community safer, not just those in the capitol city. And I would like to remind everybody, the goal here is to create a safer capital city. The citizens of Mississippi should be able to visit their state capitol, they should be able to visit their state hospital, their state museums without the fear of being raped, robbed or murdered while visiting their capital city.”

Reeves says he is hopeful the efforts will be able to ease the burden from Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office to address other areas of the city where crime is most prominent.

He wants the city and county to use $87 million in state funds on either law enforcement or improving the water supply system.