Lexington should try anti-violence strategies working in other cities

April 21, 2017. Lexington Herald-Leader.

No one in Lexington should have to worry, like Cheryl Birch does, as she leaves before dawn for her job at a local hospital, “Am I going to step out into gunfire, step on somebody.”

Mayor Jim Gray has made reducing gun violence, especially to protect Lexington’s youth, a priority and is asking the council to approve funding for 30 new police officers.

But more police doing the same things won’t produce different results.

Law enforcement community pledges to implement new gun violence prevention program

March 31, 2017. ABC 10 News.

MIAMI-DADE, FL – Law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade recently pledged to give a new model designed to reduce gun violence a try. They will be working with People Acting for Community Together, a network of faith-based groups and academics.

During a gathering they called The Nehemiah Action Assembly, Rev. Ana Jackson, of Sellers Memorial United Methodist Church, said that in Miami-Dade a small group is responsible for the gun violence that is hurting the community.