During a press conference Thursday morning at Philadelphia City Hall, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison said that a recent spike in homicides, combined with the raw emotional impact of the Trayvon Martin case, pushed the Nutter administration to verbalize its crime-reduction tactics today, according to a report from philadelphia.cbslocal.com.
City officicals said that gun violence abatment will require a long-term, holistic approach that addresses poverty, joblessness, and the disproportionate likelihood that young African American males will be the victims and perpetrators of crime, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to a press release from the Mayor’s office:
“This approach includes measures, initiatives and programs across City government, in partnership with the state and federal government and community organizations, to focus on public safety, education, workforce and economic development, community trauma and behavioral health, quality of life, and human services.’
A list of the city’s violence prevention and reduction initiatives was distributed also at the event.
On Wednesday, WHYY’s Radio Times presented “Tackling crime in Philadelphia,” a conversation on succesful strategies, with Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, Jerry Ratcliffe from Temple University, Bryan Lentz of the District Attorney’s Gun Violence Task Force, and Rasheed Smith, who works with Philadelphia CeaseFire. Listen:
Last summer, Radio Times produced a: Four-part series on gun violence in Philadelphia.