Created: November 30, 2021 06:41 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As violence continues to rise in Rochester, the city is partnering with The Brady Center to help prevent gun violence.
The agreement will allow the city to use the reach of the nonprofit that advocates for gun control and against gun violence.
The goal is to analyze crime trends and prevention efforts, to compare Rochester to other big cities and to give police better strategies to protect neighborhoods.
“It will help us to see if there is an actual trend that we need to be following,” Mayor Lovely Warren said.
Rochester hit its 77th homicide Monday afternoon marking the deadliest year in city history.
“They did this in Chicago where they are tracking guns, they are looking at the top source of dealers that these firearms are coming from. The time of crime that firearms are being traced both in aggregate and for particular dealers,” Warren said.
The Brady Center will help the Rochester Police Department to collect and share information. That includes the number of traces per year and types of crimes associated with guns and firearms, to get the flow of illegal guns off the streets.
City Councilman Willie Lightfoot said this will be a more accurate way of helping find criminals.
“We have to get to the source and the source is the illegal trafficking and supplying of guns into our community that's having a disproportionate impact on people of color especially in our community so this is not a band-aid, this is another tool,” Lightfoot said.
While the city already has a sharing of data portal to tie together incidents, Rochester Police Interim Chief David Smith said they'll now be able to go a step further.
“I’ve asked all the time where the guns are coming from and I know that the Sheriff's Office where most of my information came from is the office went through and did a very laborious hand search of all the crime reports written for 2020 and that's where they came up with the numbers the sheriff and I have been using,” Smith said. “But again it was laborious it's imprecise and this gives us real-time data, not only where they are coming from but it shows time from point of sale to the time it was used in a crime which is key.”
The Brady Center will produce a public report detailing its findings and provide the city with recommendations. The report is expected to be released in 2022, but Chief Smith said they plan to make this an annual report moving forward.
The details of the plan are below (mobile users, click here):
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