Southaven PD Sees Success From Street Crimes Unit

Southaven PD Sees Success From Street Crimes Unit

Officers estimate more than 20 percent of Southaven residents live in an apartment complex. They say it was a natural choice to dedicate officers to patrol them.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - They're fighting crime one officer at time - or in this case, two.

Southaven police are reaping the benefits of a somewhat recent task force. Three years ago the department created a Street Crimes Unit. Their mission was to focus on the city's apartment complexes.

Officers estimate more than 20 percent of Southaven residents live in an apartment complex. They say it was a natural choice to dedicate officers to patrol them.

"Their main goal is to find out what's going on," says Lt. Mark Little.

Southaven's Street Crimes unit is a two-man team. The officers work closely with the police department's special investigation unit, "which works vice and narcotics and things like that," Little says. "They go out at least every Monday and make contact with each apartment complex."

The officers know the managers at all of the city's complexes and are familiar with the residents.

"They let us know if people living there say different things about criminal activity."

"Every once and a while you see them just drive through and around, all over the place," says John Henson. He adds crime in his neighborhood is almost non-existent.

"We had a lot of stuff stolen before, but I can't remember the last time something has been stolen around here." Henson thinks the police presence deters crime, even speeding.

"People were speeding up and down real fast. It's 30 miles per hour. They keep it down now," he tells abc24.com.

Lt. Little says the officers also help cut down on auto burglaries, domestic violence incidents and even gang activity.
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