- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A grand jury report says Hancock County needs additional patrol officers, competitive law enforcement salaries, increased courthouse security and facilities to house and help troubled youths.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1ozOIks ) the recommendations came in a report filed this week as the February term of the Hancock County grand jury completed its six months of service.

The grand jury for several years has recommended the Board of Supervisors add metal detectors and surveillance cameras at the courthouse for the safety of workers and the public.

The latest grand jury also echoed concerns that the county needs more patrol officers, and area law enforcement agencies need to review salaries to help keep good officers.

Another ongoing concern is the lack of a juvenile detention center and resources for youths. Money paid by the Mississippi Department of Corrections to temporarily house state inmates could be set aside to help build a youth center and facility for resources, the report said.

The grand jury recommended law enforcement agencies continue to provide training on investigative techniques and procedures involving evidence.

Grand jurors also recommended that the Department of Human Services be given more resources to help a growing number of children taken into protective custody.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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