Durham leaders unveil new crime plan

January 13, 2012 2:23:38 PM PST
Durham leaders met Friday to make a plan to combat crime. One of the initiatives the mayor talked about was stiffer penalties for firearm offenses.

In the first few weeks of January, the city has already seen three murders. City leaders say they are looking into higher bonds and new laws with stiffer penalties for firearm offenses.

However, Durham's police chief says the most important component can only come from people in the neighborhood where any violent crime happens. Chief Jose Lopez says the community has helped curb crime in other cities and it can work here.

"We're doing what we can. We can bring crime down. Can we sustain it? To what level can we bring it down? Depends on the level of input, the level of support that this community gives us," said Lopez.

"I realize that this one announcement is not going to be a cure all for reducing crime," said Bell. "This is a very disturbing trend that we as a community should not and cannot accept."

Violent crime rose three percent in the Bull City last year.

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