Mississippi Law Enforcement Begins Operation Bunny HopBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 28 Mar 2013 09:59pm |
Mississippian's beware, Law enforcement agencies from Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties have ramped up their patrols on Mississippi roadways. The increased visibility is called Operation Bunny Hop. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports it's a proactive effort to help citizens feel secure this holiday weekend.
Operation Bunny Hop went into full swing last night when hundreds of law enforcement officers across central Mississippi began increasing their visibility and targeting what they call hot spots. Randy Tucker is the Sheriff of Madison County.
"Well you know with all the recent tragedies across the country involving firearms obviously we're out her to remove weapons. Illegal weapons and person that may not be allowed to carry a weapon, we're gone put them in jail, take their weapons. We're gone take drugs off of the street and put criminals behind bars that's the objective, safer communities for everybody."
Over the next couple of days Lt. John Johnson with the Pearl Police Department says officers will be conducting check points looking to stop everything from seatbelt and insurance violations to drug possession.
"You know narcotics traffickers they do not have no boundaries. They go anywhere in the state that they want to dealing their narcotics. Most crime equals out to be narcotics related anyway. When they you know want that narcotic they're gonna break in people’s houses, rob people to get money to purchase that narcotics. So I just think it's a great effort that we can all team up for the same goal."
This is the third year area police agencies have worked together over the Easter weekend. Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green says she is confident this year’s efforts will be as productive as last years.
"It's been very successful, I mean we didn't have any crime, like any high crime like felony crime over within the month once we conducted this operation. Because it sent the message out there to any criminals that wanted to be involved in any illegal activity that we are out there and we are not going to tolerate this crime activity."
Operation Bunny Hop will continue through Sunday. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.
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