Mayor Catherine Pugh touts success of violence reduction initiative

Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the success of her violence reduction initiative Wednesday, at her weekly press conference.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 13, Pugh said the city saw a 35.6 percent drop in homicides and non-fatal shooting decreased about 50 percent, compared to the same time frame in 2017.

The mayor attributed the drop in crime to a number of initiatives, from using $2 million to upgrade the technology in police cruisers to increasing patrols and installing more lights and cameras around the city.

"We're trending in the right direction. Am I satisfied? Absolutely not," Pugh said.

The Roca program, which is an anti-violence initiative involving high-risk teens, is expected to launch this summer.

Pugh said that is when the city will deploy more cameras, give police additional license plate readers and launch 10 square miles of gunshot detection technology.

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