The Hinds County Board of Supervisors have agreed to buy bulletproof vests for the five constables, but capped the purchase at $5,000. The average price of the vests they plan to purchase are $600 each.
The vests are being bought in the wake of the new open carry gun laws.
District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes suggested the purchase in a Sunday news conference where he spoke out against open carry.
The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld House Bill two, allowing for open gun carry.
Also at Monday's meeting, the board voted unanimously to hire Peter Teewissen as the new board attorney. Teewissen served the last eight years as an attorney for the city of Jackson.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:22:45 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:28:36 GMT
The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:50:53 GMT
Firefighters are working a fatal fire at a home located at 507 Vancleave Avenue in Ocean Springs Tuesday afternoon. Officials say at least one person is confirmed dead. WLOX News crews are on the scene.More >>
Firefighters are working a fatal fire at a home located at 507 Vancleave Avenue in Ocean Springs Tuesday afternoon.More >>