Durham Police hosts statewide meeting to discuss violent crime

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Police officials from across North Carolina held a summit Tuesday in Durham to discuss violent crime and ways to help reduce it.

The summit was chaired by Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore and hosted by Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.

“Although North Carolina cities and towns are safer now than they have been for the past three decades, we have recently seen an increase in violent crimes such as homicides and aggravated assaults in several cities and towns,” said Moore. “The purpose of this summit was to have law enforcement officials meet together to identify the critical issues, craft potential strategies and solutions, and focus statewide attention on the problem.”

Mayors and chief town administrators were invited to attend the summit, which included representation from police departments such as Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville and Wilmington.

“Violence is not just a Durham issue or a North Carolina issue,” Lopez said. “This is an issue shared by all of our communities and we felt it necessary to bring multiple law enforcement agencies together to collaborate and share ideas.”

Police officials talked about illegal drugs, gangs, gun laws, re-offenders and ages of violent offenders.

During the summit, Durham police officials discussed their violent crime reduction strategy.

Officials plan to continue the discussion about violent crime at a state level and to highlight the need for community collaboration.

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