PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police and city officials announced a new plan that they hope will help to curb violent crime.
Pittsburgh Police have implemented some changes that Mayor Bill Peduto said will allow law enforcement to go on the offense, as opposed to playing on defense.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McClay said the ultimate goal is to reduce violent crime.
In the first six months of 2015, there were 20 homicides. While that number is down from the 5-year average, McClay admits there is much more work to be done.
Today, he announced the formation of the Violent Crime Unit, which will include 32 detectives investigating homicides, robberies and assaults.
McClay said there’s an improved spirit of cooperation between police zones, which will allow the department to operate better as a unit overall.
According to McClay, statistics show the victims and offenders are mostly young, African-American males.
McClay said the bureau has to work to gain trust of the community and is asking the community for better cooperation.
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