Officials unveil new plan for preventing violent crime in Philly

Pat Loeb
January 17, 2019 - 2:04 pm
Shantay Love of Every Murder is Real praises the plan as comprehensive and inclusive.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city of Philadelphia will spend an additional $4.4 million on programs to prevent violent crime, under a new plan of action unveiled today. 

The plan, "The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities," comes in response to the increasing number of homicides in the city, taking what officials are calling a public health approach: using data to target populations most likely to be violent or to be victims for a variety of interventions.

Theron Pride of the Office of Violence Prevention says in Philadelphia that means men of color, ages 16 to 34, in high-poverty areas.

"Not that Black men are inherently dangerous, let me be clear," Pride said. "But there are young men in our city who, because of the circumstances they face every day and the choices they have to make, find themselves caught up in a cycle of violence."

Pride says that knowledge presents an opportunity to reach them before they enter that cycle — and provide options to keep them out of it — things like jobs and education.

"The opposite of gun violence is opportunity," Pride said.

The police have a role in this with what Commissioner Richard Ross calls Operation Pinpoint.

"It's literally knocking on people's doors who we think are going to be targets, who may be shooters, and letting them know of our concern for their well-being," Ross said. "Health and environmental improvements are also part of the plan."