City looks to expand crime-fighting program to west side

City looks to expand crime-fighting program to west side


SUPPORTERS SAY IT SHOULD COME
DOWN TO COMMON SENSE.>>WE ARE DEALING WITH A SPIKE
IN GUN VIOLENCE. WE ARE ONE OF THE FEW
NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY WHERE
WE HAVE SEEN INCREASES AND WE
NEED TO BECOME PROACTIVE ON
THIS. GUN VIOLENCE IS SCARY STUFF. CURTIS: LONG-TIME BUSINESS OWNER
PETE WITTY TELLING ME CRIME
FIGHTING TECHNOLOGY LIKE SHOT
SPOTTER WOULD BE A WELCOME
ADDITION TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.>>THIS IS A TOOL THAT HELPS THE
POLICE ADDRESS THE ISSUE. THIS HELPS THEM IDENTIFY TRUE
HOT SPOTS WITH GUN ACTIVITY.>>IT HELPED PINPOINT GUNFIRE
WITHIN 82 FEET ACCORDING TO
POLICE CHIEF. THE TECHNOLOGY WAS IMPLEMENTED
ACROSS A THREE-SQUARE MILE AREA
LAST YEAR. IT COVERS AVONDALE, NORTH
AVONDALE, MOUNT AUBURN AND
COREYVILLE. THE CHIEF SAYS THEY HAVE SEEN
21% REDUCTION IN SHOOTING
VICTIMS AND 14% REDUCTION IN
VIOLENT CRIME CALLS.>>WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THE BAD
GUYS PEOPLE WHO ARE SHOOTING
FIREARMS KNOW IF YOU FIRE A GUN
IN AVONDALE, WE ARE COMING. I MEAN 100% OF THE TIME WE ARE
RESPONDING. CURTIS: VICE MAYOR SAYS SHOT
SPOTTER IS THE RIGHT DIRECTION
TO GO ON THE WESTSIDE.>>WHAT WE WANT TO TRY TO DO IS
GET THE GUN VIOLENCE DOWN ON THE
WESTERN SIDE OF TOW
>>COST IS A FACTOR. QUARTER MILLION IDEA BUT SOME
SAYS IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO
NOT DEPLOYING IT IN THE WEST
SIDE.>>IT’S NOT EASY TO CONVINCE
PEOPLE TO INVEST DOLLARS IN AN
AREA THEY SEE THE SCARY
ACTIVITY. SO FOR AVONDALE, IT’S HELPED
THEM BECOME VERY ATTRACTIVE T
DEVELOPMENT. WITH OTHER THINGS. PRICE HILL CAN DO THE SAME. CURTIS: THE VICE MAYOR SAYS HE
HAS GOT AN LOT OF POSITIVE
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