JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - We have shared many times that things are improving in Jackson. The new administration has been in office for more than a year and the leadership team is having a positive impact on infrastructure and other areas that have been neglected.
Even with all the improvements and momentum, the one thing that continues to hold the city back is crime. 2018 is on track to be one of the deadliest years in the history of the city. Jackson's new interim Police Chief, James Davis, says people are making terrible choices, "This is another senseless act of violence where individuals are pulling out handguns to solve their problems."
It's also true that law enforcement – and other community stakeholders – need to create a plan to work together to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, that senseless violence. Crime in major cities like New York has dropped considerably. Chicago, one of country's most deadly cities, still has lots of issues, but murder and gun violence has declined for 15 consecutive months. That drop is credited to the hiring of more officers, stronger community policing efforts and investments in technology
As long as the top story at 10 is breaking news about another murder, the current progress will eventually plateau. Although there isn't one solution that will fix the problem, there are things that have worked in other cities. Jackson leaders need to take the best of those ideas and implement them here.