By NELL LUTER FLOYD
Sun Staff Writer
Jackson City Council member Ashby Foote plans to ask U.S. Attorney General William Barr to authorize additional federal law enforcement to help get crime under control in Jackson.
Foote, who represents Ward 1, said he would send a letter on Thursday to Barr and would copy Mike Hurst, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Additional law enforcement officers are needed, Foote said, to work with the Jackson Police Department to take offenders off the streets and make citizens feel safer.
Foote said he would include with his letter to Barr copies of two resolutions the Council passed on Oct. 13 that pertain to escalating crime. Foote wrote one of the resolutions and Council member Kenneth Stokes of Ward 3 the other.
Foote’s resolution calls for “unprecedented action to be taken to address the violence by exhausting all available resources from willing local, state, and federal authorities.”
Foote’s resolution notes as of Sept. 27 car jackings have risen by 217 percent, aggravated assaults by 57 percent, homicides by 44 percent, rape/sexual assaults by 41 percent and armed robberies by 15 percent.
The Jackson Police Department is understaffed by 100 sworn officers and has only 21 of the 50 detectives that are budgeted for, according to Foote’s resolution.
Stokes’ resolution notes “the Jackson Police Department being presently understaffed could use the help of federal law enforcement and the Hinds County Sheriff Department” to bring crime under control.