JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Interim police chief James Davis was officially named the new police chief in the city of Jackson Thursday morning.
He was confirmed by a vote of 6 to 0.
Davis was appointed interim chief in June. He replaced Interim Chief Anthony Moore, who took the position in January, heading JPD after Chief Lee Vance retired last December.
Lots of fellow JPD officers came out to show support for Davis, who has maintained a big presence since taking the position in June. He says he will continue the new initiative called Operation Safe Street, which began back on July 4th.
“It’s been a success, because when we’re doing those road blocks we have an opportunity not just to take those people to jail, but to let people in the community know that we’re out there and we care,” he says.
Davis adds that citizens have provided positive feedback regarding officers showing up, shaking hands and getting to know the people they serve.