At a workshop focused on the issue of gun violence, the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously approved the distribution of $1 million to various initiatives for the upcoming fiscal year.
Mayor John Dailey, after the vote, said “I am confident the bold action taken by the City of Tallahassee to fund gun violence prevention efforts will produce results that save lives.”
The city commission had previously decided to allocate $5 million over the next five years in an effort to reduce gun violence. The workshop was scheduled to identify specific programs and initiatives that would help meet that goal.
City commissioners voted to fund the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) program with $300,000 over the next two years.
The Group Violence Intervention strategy, which has been locally supported by the Capital Area Justice Ministry, is based on the focused deterrence model.
It is designed to reduce street-group-involved gun violence and homicide through a partnership of law enforcement, community members, and social service providers that directly engages the small and active number of people involved in violent street groups.
It was noted in the workshop presentation that the implementation of GVI usually requires additional police resources.
City Commissioners also allocated $500,000 to the Community Human Services Partnership to support local organizations that specifically address gun violence. Under this program, agencies or groups can submit funding proposals that address gun violence mitigation.
The commission also committed $200,000 annually, for the next two years, to an adult restorative justice plan efforts and approved $100,000 to the Big Bend Crime Stoppers program.
Currently the City of Tallahassee works with local partners on restorative justice programming that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
The purpose of the Big Bend Crime Stoppers is to seek tips from residents that assist law enforcement agencies in solving crimes. City officials noted that calls to Crime Stoppers have resulted in thousands of arrests and the recovery of substantial amounts of property.