Jackson Firefighters, Police Officers Endorse Dobies for Mayor

JACKSON – Today the Jackson Firefighters union (IAFF Local 1306) and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 – the two organizations that represent city firefighters and sworn and retired police officers – endorsed Derek Dobies for Mayor of Jackson over incumbent Mayor Bill Jors. As Jackson’s next Mayor, Dobies has pledged to make public safety a top priority to reduce crime, keep neighborhoods safe, and attract new small businesses and jobs to Jackson.

“Jackson’s police officers and firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every single day to keep our city safe, and I’m so proud to have their support in this race,” said Dobies. “As Mayor, I’ll keep fighting to put more boots on the ground to keep our neighborhoods safe, and I’ll support community efforts to fight the opioid epidemic by getting drug addicts off the streets and into rehab. Working together with our first responders, we can build a better Jackson for all of us.”

As City Councilman, Dobies has voted to hire more police officers, establish a cadet program, invest in new life-saving equipment, and restore school officers. Dobies also voted to restore an officer to the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team, which has seized over $7.5 million in illegal drugs since 2012. Under Dobies’ tenure, Jackson launched an Angel Program to get drug addicts into rehab services and fight the opioid epidemic. Since Dobies took office in 2012, violent crime is down 14 percent in Jackson.

“We believe he’s the right leader for Jackson,” said George Fillmore, FOP Lodge #70 President. “Derek understands the important role public safety plays in building a strong economy and a vibrant city. We’ve stood behind him every election, and we’ll continue to do so because he’s committed to proactively fighting crime and drugs in our city.”

Since 2011, Dobies has championed the city’s demolition program that is not only cleaning up neighborhoods, but is reducing the amount of vacant, blighted housing stock that is more susceptible to crime and arson. He’s also voted to accept the $1.9 million 2012 SAFER grant and the $1.67 million 2016 SAFER grant hiring nine firefighters, and purchased a pumper truck and other equipment to help improve emergency response times and fire safety in the city.

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