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Raleigh Police Announce Plan To Curb Firearm Violence

Posted February 3, 2006 3:43 a.m. EST

— Police chief Jane Perlov has announced a 10-point plan to cut firearm violence in Raleigh. She said while Raleigh's violent crime rate compares well with other cities, there's room for improvement.

This plan is a huge undertaking, and it's backed up by years of research that indicates when it comes to shootings in Raleigh, things aren't always what they seem.

"All too often, we found that this week's victim turned out to be next week's suspect," said Perlov. "In half the murders, the suspects and victims were convicted felons -- not arrests, but convictions. Over half had previous firearms violations or assault or drug charges."

The plan essentially calls on the police department to ramp up their current activities, including increased patrols and community involvement.