Deputy Mayor Mark Neal addresses recent violence in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. Recent violence has residents and city officials speaking out, looking for ways to keep it from happening again. There have been several homicides in just the last two weeks.

"Every death in our city is one that has been so painful but I want to assure people that public safety is our top priority," said Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. "We are very focused on making sure we have a safe community. We are working as part of the National Network of Safe Communities to make sure we're doing that."

Neal says the city has been studying anti-violence initiatives from other communities to see what we can implement here. One of those strategies comes from Professor David Kennedy, a crime prevention expert from New York, called Group Violence Intervention.

"We're moving as quickly as we can," Neal said. "The discussion we've had is we want to make sure we do this right."

Neal says he also encourages residents to be vigilant and raise their own voices against crime in their neighborhoods.

On a lighter note, Deputy Mayor Neal talked about plans for Dyngus Day and Solidarity Day in South Bend coming up on Monday.

The intersection of Ford Street and South Warren Street will become Dyngus Day Drive at 10 am. The intersection of West Western Avenue and Laurel Street will become Solidarity Day Drive at 10:30 am.


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