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Raleigh police to unveil new plan to combat gun violence

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Police will unveil a new plan Tuesday aimed at reducing gun violence in the capital city.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown will present the department’s new strategy to city council. In 2017, the city saw the highest number of homicides since 2008.

Data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association shows that homicides increased from 23 in 2016 to 27 in 2017. Non-fatal shootings also increased from 91 to 107.

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“There’s just a lot of violence. We hear guns going off quite often,” said Tammy Tanoury, who lives in east Raleigh. “When I first moved here about four years ago, we had, it seemed like in our neighborhood at least, a lot more patrolling than there is now. We really haven’t seen as much patrolling lately.”

Police declined Monday to give details of the plan.

CBS 17 learned it focuses on three areas: educating for safe, engaged officers; engaging and partnering with the community; and refining RPD intelligence-led enforcement.  

The department developed the plan after analyzing several years of firearm violence data and looking at new approaches to resource allocation.

“We’re trying to keep the violence down. And, the community needs to help to stop the crime around here,” said James Walker, who lives in Raleigh.

City council will meet Tuesday at 1 p.m.


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