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Chief: 'Don't Shoot' Moved Crime Numbers
The "Don't Shoot" campaign is being praised after Peoria crime statistics revealed a decrease in gunfire.
Numbers released this week show there were 10% fewer shootings in 2013 compared to 2012.
I can't say for sure that a shooting that didn't happen would've happened otherwise. But based on anecdotal evidence and my instincts, 'Don't Shoot' is moving the numbers," said Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard.
He continued, "We've made traffic stops of known gang members and they jump out of the car yelling, 'We're not Bomb Squad,' or, 'We're not Zone 4.' They want to disassociate themselves from these gangs when they know the heat is on."
Settingsgaard says the campaign will continue for 2014.
The next call-in, where police talk with gang members about putting down their guns, will likely happen next month.