Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine announces new plan to combat violent crime in neighborhoods

Project to be launched in Akron

AKRON, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on a plan on Thursday afternoon designed to help neighborhoods fight violent crime.

DeWine discussed details of the Safe Neighborhood Initiative during a news conference at House of the Lord Church in Akron.

The goal of the initiative is to target offenders with a history of gun violence, work with them to prevent future violent crime and lead them to resources that will assist them in breaking the crime cycle.

The effort is supported by various community and church leaders along with victim groups and law enforcement.

According to a study commissioned by the Attorney General's Violent Crimes with Guns Advisory Group, Summit County ranks third in the state when it comes to the number of high rate violent offenders. Cuyahoga County ranks first.

DeWine's office is putting forth $7 million to fund the initiative across Ohio, money that comes from the National Mortgage Settlement.

He said the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will provide analytic data analysis and enforcement resources in firearms-related crackdowns.

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