Kalamazoo police to announce new plan to reduce murders, shootings in community

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Monday night, Kalamazoo Police will announce a new strategy to reduce murders and shootings.

It's a collaborative effort between law enforcement and community members called the Group Violence Intervention.

Monday night's announcement stems from a meeting police had with the leaders of violent city street groups back in June.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wants to send a clear message--they are stepping up enforcement against violent gangs and drug crews.

Police say they will use data to identify the most violent group in the city, and that group will be "subjected to enhanced law enforcement for a variety of crimes it's members commit."

KDPS also plans to target at risk group members and provide them with resources from social service groups such as Goodwill.

Kalamazoo resident Erik Meersma says he is unsure of this will help stop violence.

"The key is reach out to these gang leaders, no matter what side of town they are on. Reach out to them and say 'lets have discussions,'" he said.

This announcement comes as KDPS continues to investigate a series of homicides that happened in late July.

We'll be at the meeting tonight, and we'll have reaction at 10:00 p.m. on CW7, and 11 on Newschannel 3.

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