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The Starkville Police Department is seeking to get approval from the city before applying for a grant.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018 11:58 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 9:07 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Police Department is seeking to get approval from the city before applying for a grant.

That grant will pay for overtime of officers and camera surveillance.

"This would be separate from the typical patrol officers you see going down the road or someone you see working overtime staff at the station," said Sgt. Brandon Lovelady.

The funds to be applied for with the Department of Public Safety, total over $27,000.

Funds of $20,000 are being asked for overtime and about $7,200 will be used for camera surveillance.

Police say that nightlife, which is increasing, is becoming more of a problem as the city's attractions grow.

Also, with two murders tied to alcohol and drug use between 2016-2017, SPD is looking to beef up patrols in high-crime areas.

WTVA spoke with the friend of Joseph Tillman, an MSU student who was fatally shot on Maxwell Street. That's a high-crime spot police are targeting.

"It struck Starkville really hard," remembers Victoria Sellers. "Especially the Cotton District, it's such a great place for students to hang out at."

Sellers thinks the hot spot policing is a good start at minimizing crime.

"It's a stepping stone," she shared. "If it helps save one person, it's well worth it."

The City of Starkville votes Tuesday to approve SPD's application of the grant. 

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