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Fayetteville trying to combat gun violence

Posted December 6, 2012

— The Fayetteville Police Department has formed a special task force to stem a rising tide of gun violence, officials said Thursday.

Interim Police Chief Katherine Bryant quietly launched the 15-person task force in September after noticing an increase in gun-related police calls and in anticipation of a typical surge in crime during the holidays. She decided to go public with the effort following a recent series of violent crimes, including the shooting death of a Vietnam veteran who was well known in the community and a string of shootings at local convenience store.

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"We are always concerned about crime (as police officers), and it is good when the community takes notice and gets concerned as well," Bryant said in a news conference.

Crime in Fayetteville is down 3 percent for the year, through November, but violent crimes are up 2 percent from 2011, she said.

"Overall, crime rates are holding steady, and while there's not cause for alarm, we don't find these numbers acceptable," she said. "In general, Fayetteville is a safe city. I think we do have some crime problems that we have to continue to address."

City Manager Ted Voorhees said it's difficult to pinpoint the reasons for the sudden spike in shootings.

"Why they exist, why all of a sudden a handful of incidents happen at the same time and create and extra level of fear, it's just not easy to know that," Voorhees said. "Solving crime is frustrating and challenging. There are many factors, and almost all of them are out of the control of the police department. It's a community problem. It's a social problem."

Toward that end, he said, he plans to pull together representatives from law enforcement, social services and education next year to analyze crime data and devise long-term solutions that go beyond arrests and prosecutions.

"The police department is talking today about their partnerships on the suppression side of things. A bigger question is what are we doing on prevention and intervention," he said. "What can we do in Fayetteville to step our game?"

Voorhees said he also is close to naming a permanent police chief, noting he has whittled the field to six and expects to bring a few finalists to town in the next few weeks.

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  • Fifteeninthemagandoneupthepipe Dec 7, 2012

    RE : I get it now. Guns get into the hands of miscreants just like illegal drugs. So guns can be grown in the dirt like marihuana or manufactured in back laboratories like methamphetamine bath salts and so on.

    What a Maroon....

  • piene2 Dec 7, 2012

    "If guns are taken away from the lawful, the unlawful will take advantage of everyone. Illegal weapons are RARELY (if ever) taken from law abiding citizens. RATHER, they enter the country and the streets just as illegal drugs do and sometimes simultaneously. Does anyone even get that??
    skipp2"

    I get it now. Guns get into the hands of miscreants just like illegal drugs. So guns can be grown in the dirt like marihuana or manufactured in back laboratories like methamphetamine bath salts and so on.

  • skipp2 Dec 7, 2012

    If guns are taken away from the lawful, the unlawful will take advantage of everyone. Illegal weapons are RARELY (if ever) taken from law abiding citizens. RATHER, they enter the country and the streets just as illegal drugs do and sometimes simultaneously. Does anyone even get that??

  • kermit60 Dec 7, 2012

    So what we get is that
    1. Fayetteville is safe
    2. They THINK they have some crime problems.
    3. Solving crime is frustrating and out of the control of the police.
    4. It's a community & Social problem.
    5. We might have a police cheif soon, maybe in the next few weeks.
    6. They need to step up their game. So all this shooting and killing is some sort of game. I feel better already.

  • kermit60 Dec 7, 2012

    piene2: I take by your comments all guns should be taken away because they could eventually be used illegaly. Should we then take away all newborn females because they could eventually become prostitutes? Sounds rather rediculous but then so does taking away law abiding citizens guns.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Dec 7, 2012

    lol piene2 so true, good one...

  • piene2 Dec 7, 2012

    "People like piene still makes me giggle. Maybe he and others like him are trolls, posting their little jabs to get a reaction from gun owners.

    Troll comments would at least imply a level of forethought if not overt intelligence - "I say this and get a reaction." If he/she is not a troll, then we are left with simple name-calling juvenile prejudice.

    Signed,

    One of the Yahoos piene is afraid of.
    TimeWillTell"

    Oh my chin and whiskers, I am crushed. I do not know if I shall ever get over this stinging indictment. I do, however love the comment of my being afraid. That is funny considering that I am not the one that is so paranoid that I need to pack a six shooter before leaving my house. I can not imaging living in such fear. Still and all the comment is most amusing. I regularly send such comments out to my friends for their amusement. You will, I am sure, be pleased to know that your comments are read far and wide. Please keep up the good work and I shall continue circulating such

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 6, 2012

    There is no firearm registration in NC but your point is well taken. But if your firearm is stolen you are required to report it to the police.

    Ripcord
    December 6, 2012 7:01 p.m.
    .......I didn't know that, they got my information, and it's on file at the County office ( I think) or else why did I fill out all those form?

  • Just Plain Common Sense Dec 6, 2012

    THE PROBLEM? DRUGS - Gangs - NO JOBS and how do you fix that? You have to go into the area where the crimes are born (you know where they are) and educate the people there. The problem is NOT guns. The guns used in these crimes are GENERALLY stolen or black market. I am a law abiding citizen and I keep my gun to protect myself from these criminalsAND while not always successful, I try to frequent places where I am not likely to be attacked and if I am, I can defend myself. Some easy things? As much as possible, know your surroundings, stay alert and be aware of others. Try to: Stay in groups, don't travel alone to bad places, arm yourself, and know the laws. Get an alarm system. Lock your doors and car, and windows. Require ID for people coming to your house. When in doubt? Call 911. GOOD LUCK...

  • Ripcord Dec 6, 2012

    "Wonder if they could pass a town ordinance that anyone caught with a gun that is not registered to them, that they can be fined, locked up, and made to pick up trash on the side of the road? Oh wait, these crimminal surely don't have legal firearms."

    There is no firearm registration in NC but your point is well taken. But if your firearm is stolen you are required to report it to the police.

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