Law enforcement agents in the Mid-South are combining forces and getting citizens involved and educated on what to look for when it comes to domestic and international terrorism. It's an initiative called Operation Sudden Impact and consists of more than 300 officers from 54 Mid-South law enforcement agencies.
"They are going to be a part of any kind of intelligence that gathered throughout the community," Lt. Perry McEwen of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.
Officers are getting citizens involved through a series of town hall meetings on terrorism awareness. They say it's the public that will oftentimes give critical tips on the discovery of terrorism at home and abroad.
When it comes to fighting terrorism in our area, officials want to remind you to practice the three R's: recognize, report, and record.
When anything is reported, officials will then analyze the intelligence and look for possible geographical connection.
Police say terrorism can be defined as any group who gets together to intimidate or put fear into the public.
"Examples of that would be gang activity, we have all kinds of theft rings, scams we hear about all the time," Chief Donna Turner of the Tipton County Sheriff's Department said.
The next two terrorism town hall meetings will take place next Thursday, March 27th, from 6 until 8 PM at the Bill Kelley Justice Center in Fayette County and also at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.
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