MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - One year after becoming the city's top law enforcer, Police Chief Keith Davis is proud to report that crime is down in Moss Point. The chief and his team are putting new plans in place to win the war on crime and drugs in this town.
You will hardly ever catch Chief Davis sitting in his office. Most days he's patrolling Moss Point streets looking for those breaking the law.
"This last year we came into office, we inherited a problem where crime was an issue in this community," Davis said.
He also spends a lot of time meeting with citizens and business owners promoting neighborhood watch programs.
"We needed somebody here that was really concerned about welfare of the people who live here, and make it safe for people to live here," Moss Point Business Owner Tammy Rogers said.
Davis said there have been plenty of challenges since accepting the chief's job a year ago. But he never wavered from his plan to purchase new cars and crime fighting tools, boost morale and hire new officers.
"There was just not a lot of police presence," Davis said. "We got officers out there patrolling more often, and they are getting out of police cars and interacting with the public. We were able to report a 13 percent reduction in violent crimes and we're very excited about it.
The chief said this is just the start of making Moss Point a safer place to live. Right now, he is working on getting state and federal grant funding to sweep all drugs off the street and eliminate gang violence.
"We are committed to doing that through innovative programs, cutting edge programs where those individuals haven't seen that type of policing."
Plans are also in the works for a new $2 million more modern police station for police chief Davis and his team.