Lawmakers push for House Bill 433 and more resources for law enf - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Lawmakers push for House Bill 433 and more resources for law enforcement

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Some state lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would essentially give more resources to the Jackson Police Department.

It's called House Bill Number 433 and it was introduced by Representative Adrienne Wooten.

We went to the streets to get reaction about the bill.

"Any resource that can go to law enforcement is good because that is the purpose of government to protect it's citizens and any resource to do that purpose would be a good one I feel," said Donald McWilliams of Jackson.

"Well just knowing that there's more guys on the block, backing each other up, that would make a big difference," added James Gaither of Jackson. 

If the bill gets taken up in committee it still would have to go through more steps before becoming a law.

We haven't really found any opposition towards the bill.

Some say the tragedy in Belhaven earlier this month could have been avoided if there were more patrols in that area.

House Bill 433 has been referred to the appropriations committee.

It will give the city of Jackson $5 million dollars for hiring additional police officers and new police cruisers.

Right now there has been no discussion or vote on the bill.

If it does get taken up in committee it still would have to go through several loopholes to become a law.

Many people are in favor of it, especially with the recent crimes happening in Jackson.

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