January 21, 2022

FBI leads multi-agency task force to combat violent crime on Jackson streets

Therese Apel

The U.S. Attorney’s office and FBI Jackson have announced regional support for the FBI’s Violent Gun Reduction and Interdiction Program employed to combat the increase in violent crime in the City of Jackson.

According to the Jackson Field Office of the FBI, local law enforcement with a presence in the tri-county area have agreed to devote officers to the effort of VGRIP. These additional officers will supplement the work of the Jackson Police Department and assist JPD in the investigation of violent crimes occurring in the City with a view toward prosecution in federal court.

Those local law enforcement agencies committed to assisting are Byram Police Department, Reservoir Patrol, Simpson County Sheriff’s office, Hinds County Sheriff’s office, Madison Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff’s office, Ridgeland Police Department, Alcohol Beverage Control of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

More local law enforcement agencies are anticipated to join in this effort.

“The additional manpower these metro area law enforcement agencies bring to VGRIP cannot be overstated,” said United States Attorney Darren LaMarca. “The residents of Jackson and its surrounding communities will benefit from this support. We at the United States Attorney’s office will prosecute those cases brought to us by VGRIP to deter, punish and prevent the next act of violence.”

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