Anti-Violence Program Gaining Momentum

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says Don't Shoot is working.

More details of the continuing anti-gun crime effort will be explained in a couple of weeks. But, McCoy gives WMBD's Greg and Dan Show a sneak preview.

"There have been 50 shooters indicted, locally and federally, since this started, " says McCoy. "They're gone."

In fact, McCoy says of those who have already made it to prison, a couple of them will not be eligible for parole until 2085.

The Don't Shoot program officially started in 2012. McCoy uses statistics dating back to 2010 when he says the number of shooting victims is down 55 percent and the number of shooting incidents is down 50 percent.

"Those are figures that don't lie," McCoy says.

Now, McCoy says, it's time for the community as a whole to get more behind the effort. And people can do that through PCAV, Peoria Community Against Violence.

"We are going to continue to put so much pressure on these thugs and gang members who are wreaking havoc in certain parts of our community," McCoy says.

McCoy says a news conference will take place soon outlining more details of PCAV and the fourth planned call-in of known gang members.


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