JPD Chief Lee Vance addresses crime in prayer meeting

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance and others gathered Tuesday afternoon for a prayer meeting.

JPD announced a reduction in crime rates for last year.

The event saw law enforcers from several different agencies joined together through prayer for the Metro.

Vance opened the event with a quick prayer followed by a summary of crime stats from 2015.

Each leader that headed to the podium led the crowd in a different prayer. Participants included Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, councilman DeKeither Stamps and many others.

The Jackson Fire Department chief said the number of fire deaths had dropped 90% since last year.

Students from Brown Elementary also sang for the prayer group. Their songs were about ending war and maintaining peace.

Leaders acknowledged that not everyone will align with the same faith or agree that the movement is effective, but they are convinced their prayers are being answered.

The prayer meeting started one year ago. Chief Vance says the goal is to eventually do them every three months.

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