OUR ADVICE: Safe Neighborhoods will benefit everyone in County Warren – The Vicksburg Post

There is no denying that we have a crime problem in Vicksburg and Warren County.

Fortunately, our local law enforcement agencies are partnering with state and federal agencies to ensure the maximum sentence for repeat offenders in the region. Joining other communities like Natchez, Meridian and Jackson, the Vicksburg Police Department, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office launched the Safe Neighborhoods in Our Area project.

The joint task force will specifically target those who commit violent crimes, drug offenses or firearms offenses. According to District Attorney Ricky Smith Jr., this is a chance to ensure the maximum possible prison sentence for those convicted.

Our field officers routinely address drug trafficking, illegal possession and use of firearms and other crimes. Often these offenders are young people who think this lifestyle is cool or offers some sort of credibility.

Hopefully, the threat of serving a significant prison sentence will keep potential offenders from coming into conflict with the law.

As Smith said this week, “I don’t think you can be too hard on them” when it comes to those who traffic large amounts of drugs in the community or commit violent offenses.

Serving a more adequate sentence for the crimes committed may also deter repeat offenders – of course, their last offense may have only resulted in a few years of effective sentence, but the next offense could carry a federal sentence and mean more. of time spent behind bars.

As an additional way to fight crime, it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Safe Neighborhoods project has proven to be effective in other communities across the country, and the citizens of Warren County should be optimistic that the program will arrive in our area.

We had three gunshot deaths in Warren County in 2021. As the New Year approaches, let’s work together to prevent violence and senseless deaths.

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