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Mayor Yarber rides along with Precinct 3 officers

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Interim Chief Lee Vance said they've been organizing those ride-alongs to help bridge the gap between officers and command staff.     Source: WLBT Interim Chief Lee Vance said they've been organizing those ride-alongs to help bridge the gap between officers and command staff. Source: WLBT
Her first call during our ride-along was from a woman who said she was threatened.   Source: WLBT Her first call during our ride-along was from a woman who said she was threatened. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The top two candidates for Jackson police chief will be revealed Monday. In the meantime, Mayor Tony Yarber is getting to know what JPD officers want in a leader and what they're doing to curb crime in the Capital City.  

For the second time, Yarber got the opportunity to see firsthand what those men and women in law enforcement face each day. Yarber considers it valuable information as he continues the search for a new police chief.  

"I'm looking for someone who absolutely has the ability to lead, and that speaks to that person's ability to rally the troops, that person's ability to breathe into the morale," said Yarber.

The mayor isn't shy about disclosing what he feels are essential qualities for the city's next police chief. He said Thursday's ride-along plays a role in how those applicants come out on top.  

The most recent COMSTAT numbers show progress in the city's fight against crime. In the last 28 days, overall crime has dropped more than 22 percent versus last year. Over the last 8 months, it decreased a little more than 8 percent.  

Patrolman and Jackson native Mashanna Johnson said she knows what the department is facing. That's why they keep the roads hot, watching for criminals.  

"They see a police car coming through here, every hour on the hour, and they'll be like, 'Dang. We can't do nothing,' said Johnson. "If you don't see any presence in the area, you'd be surprised how many calls you'll get." 

Johnson said she's grateful to be able to protect the public.  

Her first call during our ride-along was from a woman who said she was threatened. But protection is a two-way street; Johnson said the public's help is crucial in solving cases, and that only happens when there's trust between the public and law enforcement.  

"You gotta let them know that you're gonna be able to back them, you know, if situations get rough," said Johnson. "They gotta be able to feel safe to come to you and let you know what's going on in their communities."  

Interim Chief Lee Vance said they've been organizing those ride-alongs to help bridge the gap between officers and command staff.  

Vance adds that's why deputy commanders, the mayor and even the chief himself have been riding with JPD officers, hearing concerns, and hoping to boost officer morale.

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