Hed: Mississippi towns, counties to get new officers

Hed: Mississippi towns, counties to get new officers

From staff and wire reports

JACKSON – Mississippi towns and counties will get 170 new full-time law enforcement officers and another 21 part-timers as part of a federal crime-fighting program.

President Clinton announced the funding Wednesday for 8,882 additional police officers and sheriffs’ deputies nationwide.

In Mississippi, Jackson will receive the most new officers, 20, at a cost of $1.5 million in federal money. Hattiesburg will get 10 policemen and Clinton and Clarksdale will receive eight new officers each.

The cities of Tupelo and Greenwood are targeted for six new officers and Canton will receive five.

Interim Tupelo Police Chief Jerry Crocker said his office was notified Wednesday by fax about the money for new officers, but the information did not specify how many officers would be funded. Funding was requested for six new officers, who will serve as patrolmen.

Crocker said official notification about the exact amount of funding should be issued within a few weeks. The funds will be a matching grant with the federal government providing 75 percent to the city’s 25 percent, Crocker said.

“We were surprised and very happy about it,” Crocker said. “When it came in today we were pleasantly surprised.”

Receiving four new officers will be Bolivar County, D’Iberville, Lamar County, Lincoln County and Oxford.

Several colleges are included in the U.S. Department of Justice program. They are the University of Southern Mississippi, which will receive two officers; the University of Mississippi, one; Coahoma Community College, three; and, Itawamba Community College, one.

The total federal cost of the new officers in Mississippi is $10.3 million.

Other governments receiving law officers are: Aberdeen, Alcorn County, Arcola, Ashland, Baldwyn, Batesville, Bolton, Booneville, Brooksville, Centreville, Choctaw County, Claiborne, Cleveland, Corinth, Crenshaw, Crosby, Derma, Durant, Ecru, Edwards, Friars Point, Fulton, Guntown, Hazlehurst, Hinds County, Hollandale, Horn Lake, Isola, Iuka, Kemper County.

Lambert, Lee County, Lexington, Liberty, Long Beach, Maben, Macon, Mantachie, Monroe County, New Augusta, Olive Branch, Pace, Panola County, Pearl River County, Philadelphia, Pickens, Rosedale, Saltillo, Sardis, Shannon, Shuqualak, State Line, Sturgis, Sunflower, Terry, Tishomingo County, Tremont, Vicksburg, Walnut Grove, West and Wilkinson County.

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