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JPD Chief Kendrick Admits Jackson has a Gang Problem

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn., - Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick, spoke out Thursday afternoon for the first time since this week's round of deadly shootings.

Chief Kendrick told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, his department is well aware the city has a gang problem, but cannot confirm how many known gangs or members are in the Hub City.

"We don't know, unless they just openly admit to it," Kendrick said.

JPD officers have increased their numbers on the streets this week, in response to the deadly shootings. Officers are even stationed 24 hours a day inside Jackson's low income housing complexes.

Chief Kendrick said so far the only arrests made with the increased police force are from previous investigations, or search warrants.

"As far as to say what we did didn't get our return investment, I don't agree with that," Kendrick said. "If we have stopped anything else from happening then our investment is well worth the money."

Kendrick urges the community to step up, and said officers cannot do it all. They need people with information in the crimes to speak out.

"There are so many people who are aware and have knowledge that can help us resolve all the issues in this community, but they don't want to step up and let us know," said Kendrick.

If you have any information about any of the shooting investigations, call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400. All tips are anonymous, and rewards are offered.
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