Law enforcement, community leaders meet to discuss ways to reduce gun violence in Madison

MADISON, Wis. — The thousands of victims hurt or killed by gun violence in America aren’t just statistics — they are somebody’s loved ones.

That’s why Madison leaders want to do something about gun violence in the city.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a plan Madison police chief Shon Barnes is hoping the city will look at. In a meeting with Focused Interruption Tuesday night, Barnes and community leaders looked at ways to combat gun violence.

“We have the chance to be able to make the impact in our community that can not only save lives, but also more than anything, change lives and change generations as well,” Anthony Cooper of Focused Interruption said.

Barnes’ plan brings community leaders, prosecutors and law enforcement together to identify pressing issues. It would also enable the city’s public health department to hire 15 full-time case workers to identify and mentor youths at risk for gun violence.

The current cost of the program has not been released.