The Mississippi House of Representatives has passed a new bill calling for the creation of three elite state law enforcement strike forces.
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The Mississippi House of Representatives has passed a new bill calling for the creation of three elite state law enforcement strike forces. House Bill 749 passed by a vote of 69-48 on Tuesday.

Gov. Phil Bryant supported the measure, saying it would be an effective method of crime fighting in certain areas around the state.

“These elite forces will respond to a specific high-crime area and hit gangs and drug dealers where they live,” Bryant said in last month’s State of the State address. “Give law enforcement the authority and the resources they need, and they will get the job done.”

Under the terms of the bill, commanders for groups of 12 to 15 LEOs in northern, central and southern Mississippi would be chosen by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood and Gov. In addition, city, county and state law enforcement agencies would provide the officers. It is estimated that $1.5 million would be spent on both overtime and equipment.

The bill — which has a three year limit — must first be passed in the Mississippi State Senate before it is enacted.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/02/11/5329969/house-oks-bill-to-create-3-crime.html

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