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Montgomery Office of Violence Prevention Holds First Community Meeting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The City of Montgomery is assessing the community to find tangible solutions to gun violence. The Office of Violence Prevention, which was established in 2021, hosted the first of several community roundtables on Thursday.

Community members had a chance to provide feedback and ask questions.

Keith Moore, director of the Office of Violence Prevention, said violent crime was not a problem created overnight and so it would take time to resolve.

“Social structures have to be dealt with piece by piece,” Moore said. “It will not be a one-size-fits-all solution. Every family will be different. Every school will be different.

Many people have focused on preventing children from falling into crime.

Some wonder about the approximately 200 groups of children eligible for funding from the city. They feel that some organizations are not doing enough.

“I think the city needs to go back and reevaluate a lot of these nonprofits,” said one participant.

“It’s just a long list that we’re looking at,” Moore said. “We work to clean up and clean up, see who’s actively working, partner with nonprofits that actually do the work.”

With people frustrated with the crime rate, Moore encourages residents to take action and start at home. That’s why he believes these roundtables are crucial for starting the conversation.

“It’s been so great to hear the community engage from the get-go because it wasn’t just about presented issues,” Moore added. “There were legitimate solutions that were offered tonight, and that was the beauty of it all.”

The Office of Violence Prevention encourages residents to attend these meetings and voice their concerns.

Here is the meeting schedule:

  • Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. – Chisholm Community Center, 545 E. Vandiver Blvd.
  • February 22 at 5 p.m. – Sheridan Heights Community Center, 3501 Faro Dr.
  • February 24 at 5 p.m. – Regency Park Community Center, 5995 Christy Lane.

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