Local leaders in Rochester are ramping up efforts to curb gun violence. Wednesday night, the group, ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition have come up with five recommendations to address it and shared it with the community.
“We want to see zero homicides. Zero shootings in our community,” said City Councilmember At Large, Willie Lightfoot.
Lightfoot created the coalition in July of 2018 and since then have been hearing and gathering information from the community to help decrease gun violence. Since then, the coalition have mustered those recommendations.
It includes, increase pathways to peace staff, identify and support gun laws and coordinate a response team to any shooting incident.
Another recommendation, is to establish a mobile trauma response unit that’ll respond and help in neighborhoods where violent crimes occurred.
“They have a unit that comes in. It’s housed with professionals and phycologist, different ones, that deal with trauma and they actually provide services to the entire community that’s affected,” said Lightfoot.
A possible game changer is, a recommendation is to restructure the way local police responds to shootings.
“We’re asking for the department to retool its resources not bring additional resources, but retool its resources to treat those shootings incidences and give it the same type of response they would a homicide,” said Lightfoot. “Meaning a dedicated investigator and dedicated individuals overseeing a shooting as they would oversee a homicide.”
Lightfoot believes by doing that, it’ll decrease shootings, and increase arrest rates.