Peoria's Don't Shoot anti-gun violence initiative is gearing up for a second call in.
Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard, during a panel discussion at ICC North, says gang members are in the process of being rounded up.
"We are currently working on a gang which through January and February has clearly not gotten the message," says Settingsgaard. "They're continuing to shoot, they're continuing to run with guns and we're continuing to arrest them."
Then, there will be a second call-in of known gangs and gang members similar to what happened when members of the gang known as "Bomb Squad" were arrested.
"This second call-in will essentially be, we told you we're weren't playing and we're not playing."
Settingsgaard says Bomb Squad will get the message again, too, because he says the gang has resurfaced.
"I don't know if they didn't think we were that serious, or if they thought we would make a big splash and go away," Settingsgaard says. "But they, right now, are under the microscope again."
The panel discussion's audience was made up criminal justice students from ICC and Bradley.
One student asked Settingsgaard this question: "If one gang member shoots one person and then you go after all the gang members, wouldn't that be a form of harrassment?" To that, Settingsgaard responded, "I wouldn't call it harassment, I'd call it targeted enforcement."
Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady, a former defense attorney, responded, "We recognize constitutional rights, and the focus will be on the individual that commits the crimes."
Nearly 70 cities nationwide are utilizing the Don't Shoot model. Peoria is the largest city outside Chicago to use it.