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Undercover human trafficking operation nets over 20 arrests

Clinton, Miss. (July 29, 2019) An operation to identify and combat human trafficking and prostitution was conducted during the week of July 22-28, 2019. The Clinton Police Department worked with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an operation to identify human trafficking and prostitution in the metro Jackson area and along the Interstate 20 corridor in Mississippi.

Over the past year, Clinton Police and Fire personnel have undertaken extensive training to identify human trafficking and how to effectively help victims be rescued from the illicit and illegal activities. This operation is part of the continued efforts to utilize the training received to effectively address the issue of Human Trafficking along Interstate 20.

The multi day operation resulted in twenty-three (23) arrests. The arrests spanned multiple charges including prostitution, procuring the services of a prostitute, drug possession, and enticing a child for sexual purposes.

The goal of this operation was to identify human trafficking issues in the Metro area. This operation worked in coordination with Human Trafficking experts to assist victims caught in the grip of modern day slavery.

The Clinton Police Department did not identify any patterns or activity to suggest that human traffickers are operating extensively in Clinton.

Human trafficking is when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel a victim for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. 

All suspects were identified online as they attempted to solicit prostitution related activity. These online interactions resulted in the arrested persons traveling into Clinton to conduct their illegal activities, therefore, resulting in an arrest. 

 “Human trafficking isn’t just an international crime or something that only happens in other parts of the country: it could happen here in the metro area and especially along major Interstate corridors in Mississippi,” says Chief Ford Hayman. “Human trafficking is in most cases a hidden crime that operates in the dark. The more we can educate the public and raise awareness to its existence the more quickly we can identify victims and perpetrators.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Clinton Police are withholding the names of suspects and victims in an effort to assist the victims of human trafficking be rescued from their situations. One exception is the information regarding a 29 year old male who was arrested for felony enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes.

Arrests include individuals from the metro area as well as Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and Virginia.

Arrested and charged with Felony Enticement of a Child to meet for sexual purposes was Corey Myers, 29, of Apopka, Florida.corey_myers_mugshot.jpg

The Clinton Police Department takes human trafficking seriously and encourages anyone who might have information pertaining to human trafficking in our area to contact CPD with tips for further investigation.

If you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking, call and make a report to the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. 

Informative links: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/human-trafficking

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Clinton Police Seek Identity of Shoplifting Suspect

CLINTON, MISS. (July 18, 2019) The Clinton Police Department needs the public's help in identifying a shoplifting suspect, wanted on several counts of shoplifting in the metro area. shoplifting_metroarea_july2019.jpg

Over the course of several weeks, this suspect has targeted stores in the metro, stealing tools and other valuables without paying.

Should anyone recognize these suspects, please contact the Clinton Police Department at 601-924-5252 or Central MS Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477 or visit the website at http://www.centralmscrimestoppers.com where your anonymous tip could earn you up to $2,500.

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Clinton Police Seek Identities of Residential Burglary Suspects

CLINTON, MISS. (July 16, 2019) Clinton Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the two suspects in the July 16 burglary of a residence on Northside Drive West in Clinton.

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On July 16, 2019, at approximately 04:45 am, two (2) white male suspects in a Jeep SUV committed a forced entry burglary of residential property on West Northside Drive near Williamson Road.  CPD needs public's help in identifying suspect vehicle and suspects.

Should anyone recognize these suspects, please contact the Clinton Police Department at 601-924-5252 or Central MS Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477 or visit the website at http://www.centralmscrimestoppers.com where your anonymous tip could earn you up to $2,500.

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Golf Cart Ordinance

Effective January 4, street-legal folf carts can now roll down approved neighborhood streets with a resolution passed by Clinton’s Board of Aldermen last month. In order to be street legal, golf carts must have “headlights, taillights, brakes and seatbelts,” Mayor Phil Fisher said. “A golf cart without those things will not be allowed as a street-legal golf cart.” Back-up lights are not a requirement.

In addition, no one under the age of 16 will be allowed to drive a street-legal golf cart on the specified streets, as the driver must have a valid driver’s license.

Golf carts, which are specifially defined as a vehicle designed and manufactured to be operated on a folf course, are not allowed to exceed 20 mph when driven on an approved street.

The ordinance, which goes into effect this week, cites that the street-legal golf carts are not allowed on the freeway, limited access roads, principal arterial, minor arterial or collector roads as definded by the City’s comprehensive plan, except for crossing these streets; however, the driver must use the shortest traveling distance to cross streets.

When a cart is driven from dusk to dawn, the cart must use taillights and headlights, and may only be operated in the outside lane. The driver must also remain seated. If a golf-cart driver doesn’t comply with the items in this ordinance, the driver can be issued a traffic citation in the same manner as if the infraction occurred while operating a vehicle.

“How does this apply to the Christmas parade?” Ward 5 Alderman Jan Cossitt inquired.

“Since the streets are closed to traffic, the special event authorization applies to the Christmas and Caterpillar parade,” Ward 1 Alderman David Ellis said.

The golf carts are not required to have a license plate.

“The vehicle must be a golf cart. Anything that doesn’t meet the definition of a golf cart will be prohibited,” Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion said.

The ordinance was proposed after residents of at least one larger Clinton neighborhood and also in the Olde Towne area requested to drive golf carts in those areas. However, “if you’re going to drive it, you do need to have a license. State laws in numberous communities they are working with require a driver’s license. A golf cart is not legal until retrofitted with turn signals, brake lights, and headlights – this all has to be done before it is legal,” Fisher said.

CPD asks residents to SLOW DOWN

Back to School is upon us and CPD is raising awareness of excessive speeding on our roadways, especially in our neighborhoods. School days bring congestion, buses are picking up kids, parents are trying to drop their kids off before work, and kids are walking or riding bikes.

It’s vitally important for drivers to slow down and pay attention when kids are present, especially before and after school. We must share the road and drive with caution and care. 

Chief Ford Hayman stated that the department “routinely get calls from various streets or neighborhoods, alerting us to speeding vehicles.”

To effectively identify problem areas and peak enforcement times the department utilizes two traffic data recorders to make informed decisions by tracking speeding patterns within city neighborhoods.

Throughout the year, Clinton Police utilize this technology to record traffic data such as number of vehicles, direction of travel, and most importantly accurate speeds of vehicles on a particular roadway. The department then analyzes the data when making decisions to deploy the traffic unit and patrol officers to enforce traffic laws for a safer environment for our residents.

“The safety of our residents is paramount to CPD and speeding increases the likelihood of an injury sustaining traffic accident,” stated Chief Hayman.

Hayman provided an illustration of traffic data technology. In the last week of July 2017, speeding on Parker Dr. was routinely 79.4% above the posted speed limit of 25 MPH. The fastest speed posted was between 56-60 MPH. The majority of recorded speeds incidents (1573) were recorded between 31-35 MPH. The traffic pattern on Parker Dr. that week indicated that largest percentage of vehicles traveled at least 6 MPH – 10MPH higher than the posted speed limit. This technology enables CPD to monitor any roadway necessary to evaluate traffic data. If a safety issue is observed, we can deploy traffic enforcement in the immediate area of concern.

Hayman reiterated that combating the speeding problem on our roadways involves the community’s partnership with law enforcement. “I ask for your assistance in sharing traffic awareness so our neighborhoods and city are safer because we are adhering to the posted speed limits. Remember, it’s about our children, friends, and neighbors.”

Whether it is busy thoroughfares or neighborhood surface streets, CPD is working diligently to prevent speeding and careless driving. As school begins, CPD will be using data gathered from the data recorders and historical trends to identify areas for heightened enforcement of the posted speed limits. Motorists are reminded that operation of a motor vehicle is a responsibility that caries serious consequences when operated carelessly.

Clinton Aldermen Approve State of the Art Body Camera System for Police Department

Clinton Aldermen at the request of Police Chief Ford Hayman have approved the Clinton Police Department to purchase Bodyworn video cameras to record interactions with the public as well as provide an additional layer of protection for officers and residents.

CPD will be acquiring and deploying those devices as well as in-car video cameras in the month of October.

“The dash cameras and body cams will be a beneficial tool to protect our police force on the front lines and respond to any citizen’s questions about an officer’s actions,” stated Chief Ford Hayman

 Aldermen unanimously approved the purchase of 40 cameras from Decatur, Georgia based Utility Associates, the maker of Bodyworn.

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In addition to enhancing police accountability and improving public trust, the cameras are also intended to help keep officers safe.

The devices are equipped with “officer down activation,” according to Chief Hayman.

This will cause the camera to begin recording automatically if an officer falls to the ground, which also “alerts 911 dispatchers and officers in the area,” he stated in his presentation to the board.

According to the company’s website (bodyworn.com), the cameras and car cameras are GPS-enabled, which will allow medics and public safety to locate injured officers more quickly.

“I am very pleased that the board approved the purchase of in car and body cameras from Utility,” Hayman stated. “This product and company offers the equipment, storage, and support that best fits my department’s needs.”

The body cameras are built into the officer’s uniforms, decreasing the likelihood of the camera becoming dislodged.

Other features of the new in-vehicle devices include vehicle sensors triggering automatic activation when officers turn on their light bars.

Officers can also manually activate the cameras.

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The systems are Wi-Fi enabled, turning each vehicle into a hotspot allowing instantaneous uploading of data. The images from the cameras can be archived immediately without the officers having to use docking stations to upload at the end of their shift.

According to the police department, camera deployment began the last week of September and will continue through the month of October.

Clinton Police Arrest Auto Burglary Suspects

Tips to Prevent Auto Burglaries

Clinton Police have arrested two individuals connected to multiple auto burglaries in Clinton.

On May 26, 2016, Clinton Police Officers responded to a residence on Beverly Drive for a theft that occurred in the overnight hours of May 25-26.  Simultaneously, officers responded to the report of two (2) auto burglaries on Normandy Drive.  At approximately 11:54 A.M.on May 26, Regions Bank contacted Clinton Police and advised a subject identified as Jimmy Hughes was attempting to cash checks stolen from the auto burglaries that were reported on Normandy Drive. 

Upon arrival at Regions Bank, Clinton Police detained Jimmy Hughes. While detaining Hughes, officers noticed exercise equipment in the back of Hughes vehicle that was reported stolen from Beverly Drive.  After being placed in custody, additional stolen property was identified as stolen from the Normandy Drive.  As a result of the investigation Clinton Police arrested Hughes along with a second subject identified as Larry Konnor Hawkins.

The Clinton Police Department has charged Jimmy Wayne Hughes, 20 YOA, of Clinton, Mississippi with two (2) counts of auto burglary and one (1) county of Petit Larceny. Additional charges could be pending against Hughes.

Clinton Police have charged Larry Konnor Hawkins, 18 YOA, of Clinton, Mississippi with two (2) counts of auto burglary, one (1) count of petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance (schedule 1). Additional charges could be pending against Hawkins.

In these cases, as well as most, the cars and garages were open and provided an opportunity for theft. Each vehicle that was “broken” into was left unlocked with a wide array of property and valuables left in plain view. The thieves were simply presented with an “opportunity” to steal property.

Clinton Police are seeking the partnership of residents in reducing the opportunity for theft. Partnering together will improve the quality of life in Clinton by reducing the opportunity for theft.

Residents are reminded to lock doors at your residence or on your vehicle. Vehicle doors left unlocked provide an opportunity for someone who most likely wouldn’t have forced entry into a locked vehicle.

Police Chief Ford Hayman noted that, more often than not, auto burglaries are the result of vehicles being left unlocked.

“An unlocked vehicle is an opportunity for a thief, especially if valuables are left in plain view,” Hayman noted. Aside from locking your vehicle, take a moment to remove valuables: wallets, purses, guns, electronics, sporting equipment, etc. from your vehicle. Removing and securing your property is eliminating an opportunity for a thief.”         

Hayman also noted that the same rule of thumb applies to carports and garages. Residents are encouraged to take a moment and lower their garage doors even if they are only running across town on errands.

If you have an open carport, lock your valuable lawn equipment and property in a storage room. Do not leave lawn equipment in your yard for extended periods of time. Deterrence and prevention can be easily achieved if you simply adhere to taking an extra moment and securing your property.