Law enforcement officers with several associations have raised money and provided bottled water to fellow officers serving in the Jackson area during the city’s water crisis.

The Mississippi State Troopers Association, Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, Troopers Coalition and Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Foundation have provided about $2,500 worth of bottled water to officers with the Jackson Police Department, troopers serving in Jackson, the Capitol Police and MDWFP game and fish officers in Jackson.

Master Sgt. Scott Henley, vice president of the Troopers Association, said: “I thought about how hard it would be for law enforcement officers trying to work and take care of their families during the water crisis, so we wanted to show our support for them and their families.”

Besides state and federal government emergency crews supplying Jacksonians with drinking and non-potable water, many local and nationwide organizations have supplied and distributed water. While most of Jackson now has flowing water again, a boil-water warning continues into its second month for the city system.

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.