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MHP announces enforcement period Labor Day

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2016 Labor Day Enforcement Period at 6 p.m. Sept. 2, and conclude Sept. 5, at midnight. Due to anticipation of heavy traffic and a significant increase in traffic fatalities for 2016, state troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat reckless and distracted driving. Additional safety checkpoints will be established to promote seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Drivers are urged to avoid text messaging or any driver distraction that could endanger lives while traveling. MHP investigated 132 crashes including four fatalities during the 2015 Labor Day enforcement period.

Jackson Police Department accepting applications for Citizens’ Police Academy

The Jackson Police Department’s next Citizens’ Police Academy is scheduled for Oct. 3. The mission of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to educate and inform the community, to provide a forum for police and community interaction, to identify community problems, needs and concerns, and to foster a partnership with the community and the department in working toward creating a safer community. Applications can be downloaded from the city’s website,, and will be accepted until Sept. 19. In each session, a qualified instructor will explain how each division of the Jackson Police Department operates. The weeklong event includes a tour of the Public Safety Communications Center, an overview of the Community Relations/Crisis Intervention Unit, a S.W.A.T and Bomb Squad exhibition, and driving and firearms simulator training. The academy is conducted from 6-8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m., at the Police Firing Range for the SWAT /Bomb presentation and firearm instruction. For information and registration, call the Office of Community Relations at (601) 960-1389 or e-mail Renee Walker at or Marilynn Paige at

Program offers teens alternative way to earn

Youth ChalleNGe Academy is now accepting applications for class No. 46. Participants can earn their high school for free. ChalleNGe features a structured environment with a focus on job training, social skills and self discipline critical in today’s job market. Other academic opportunities include nationally certified job skills and college classes through a local university. Applicants must be ages 16-18. For more information, call 1-800-507-6253.

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