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Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton introduced his new command staff Thursday. Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton introduced his new command staff Thursday.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton says increasing officer visibility is part of his plan to fight crime in the Capital City. He wants to increase manpower from the current 460 officers to 525.

He made those comments Thursday as he introduced his new command staff, which includes three cops who are coming out of retirement.

Retired Commander Calvin Matthews will be assistant chief of police administration. Retired commander Dwayne Thomas was named deputy chief of administrative support. Herious Cotton, a retired lieutenant, is now deputy chief of technical services.

Horton said he is implementing a plan to prepare younger officers for leadership roles in the department -- something the chief admits hasn't been done well in the past.

The chief also addressed recent violent deaths of young black males saying it could be related to "wannabe" gangs.

"I do acknowledge that there is something of an indication that there may be some trying to establish something, but we're gonna nip it. We're going to nip it. Take it from me," Horton said.

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