South Bend community leaders discuss ways to reduce violence

In an effort to cut down on the number of shootings in South Bend, a panel discussed the anti-violence strategy now in place. The name of it was called “Don’t Shoot: Understanding South Bend’s Violence Reduction Strategy.”

This morning leaders on a panel gave short speeches about what's being done to curb violence.

The city's strategy comes from the National Network for Safe Communities and a committee was formed last spring.

Retired police officer and former mayoral assistant Lynn Coleman was in charge of the panel.

South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman told the crowd it takes an entire to community to work together to see a reduction in violence.

Teachman says, “Given a choice between doing it fast and doing it right, we want to make sure we do this right. We realized after we formed that commission that we might get David Kennedy and the National Network for Safe Communities to work with us. So we paused a little bit and now we have that partnership and guidance with is invaluable.”

Teachman says Kennedy will be visiting South Bend this week to start working with the city. Also city leaders will visit New Orleans to see how the National Network for Safe Communities has proven effective there.

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