Lawmakers and law enforcement came together for a press conference at the Mississippi State Capitol on Wednesday to announce new initiatives in the Jackson area as crime and violence have been at the forefront of people’s minds in recent days.

Car jackings, armed robberies, murder and violence have been at an all-time high in Jackson and Hinds County in recent months and culminated in a shootout at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival at the Mississippi Fairgrounds on Saturday night.

Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn address a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday on reducing crime in Jackson and Hinds County.

Lawmakers said Wednesday that the Legislature passed several bills that make substantial investments in the public safety and criminal justice systems in Hinds County.

The Mississippi Capitol Police Department received authorization for 37 new police officers in SB 3014. That brings the MSCPD total force to 150 officers.

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The MSCPD has jurisdiction over the Capitol Complex Improvement District, which includes the State Capitol, the Fairgrounds, state agency buildings, downtown Jackson, Jackson State University, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and residential neighborhoods in close proximity to downtown Jackson.

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