The Precinct 4 COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Organization met last night at Redeemer Presbyterian Church to discuss a diverse number of issues happening in our area. Commander Wendell Watts began the meeting with a crime report (or lack there of). “The officers of Precinct 4 have been doing a phenomenal job over the past three weeks. They are stretched, we are stretched, but we are making a difference,” he said. A quality over quantity audience rendered a round of applause when he announced a three week decline in crime in the precinct. “We are seeing single digit numbers in incidents in all crime categories except of house burglary. We had 11 burglaries last week. However, when I came on as commander, we were averaging 30 per week,” he said with an accomplished grin. The precinct is working closely now with the Hinds County Sheriffs Office, the Federal Marshall’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics as well as The Mississippi State Department of Corrections to deter crime and put the bad guys behind bars. In fact, several arrests were made last week involving three or more burglaries.

The meeting moved from the crime report to Quality of Life Officer, Victoria Hopkins, informing the audience about the Precinct 4 Holiday Party. It will be held on December 9 at Noon at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Ridgewood Road and is open to the public. “The turkey and dressing as well as desserts have been taken care of. We need people to donate side items as well as cash. The cash donations will be used to by thank you gifts for the officers in the precinct,” she explained. Donations can be made to The Jackson Police Foundation and sent to Breazeal, Saunders and O’Neil, P.O. Box 80, Jackson 39205, attention Theresa Kersh. The Foundation is a 501( c ) 3 and donations are tax deductible.

Also, remember that loose leaves are no longer being picked up in the City. In order for leaves to be picked up, you must bag them (they prefer tied bags) and place them where you normally place your garbage for pick up. They will be collected the second day of the week of your trash pick up.

West Fondren resident Langston Moore contributed this report to FindItInFondren.com