Tallahassee City Commissioners are slated to address the issue of gun violence at their September 21 city commission meeting. The discussion will center around how to spend $1 million each year over the next five years to mitigate the troubling gun violence trends that have emerged since 2018.
The chart below – created with information provided by the City of Tallahassee – shows that the incidents of violent crime involving a firearm has increased 83% over the 2018-2021 time frame.
Disaggregating the data into four violent crime types reveals that aggravated assault and robbery cases are driving the violent crime increase. Aggravated assaults have increased 120% during the four-year period. In addition, robbery cases have increased 17.3% since 2018.
At the city commission meeting, city commissioners will be presented with a number of programs focused on mitigating gun violence. These include Group Violence Intervention Strategy (GVI); Operation Ceasefire; National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC); Cure Violence Global; Choose to Change: Your Mind, Your Game; Specialized Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART); Chicago Ceasefire; Safe Streets; and Project BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development).
These programs are based on different theories such as focused deterrence, problem-oriented policing, and coordinated case management, and others.
The information provided to the city commissioners notes that several cities that have a history of high gun violence, including Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, and New Orleans, have implemented multiple programs with varying degrees of success.
For example, Chicago has implemented Cure Violence, Network for Safe Communities, Operation Ceasefire, Choose to Change, SMART, and Project Build. Boston has implemented National Network for Safe Communities, Operation Ceasefire, and SMART. Baltimore has implemented Cure Violence, Safe Streets and GVI. New Orleans has implemented Cure violence, National Network for Safe Communities, and Operation Ceasefire.
TR will have an update on the discussion and the decision by the Tallahassee City Commission.