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Leaders react to latest South Bend murder

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We've heard from many of you at home. You're frustrated and angry with all the recent violence in South Bend. A toddler was killed last Wednesday, and now less than a week later a high school senior is dead as the result of gunfire.

So what's being done to stop it? How are city leaders responding?

It wasn't easy getting answers, Wednesday, after the city's latest murder. The police department told us Chief Ron Teachman is out of town until Friday and referred us to Metro Homicide.  Metro Homicide then referred us back to the police department.

Late Wednesday evening we were able to sit down with Deputy Mayor Mark Neal who gave us some specific information on what the city is doing to prevent future violence.

"The anger continues," he says.  "The senseless violence is something that is completely unacceptable."  Neal says the city is looking for ways to prevent another tragedy. "We've changed protocols in how patrols are handled, how the leadership, the supervision, in how our patrols are handled in the city. Getting patrol officers to know more neighbors, that has certainly been an effort. Having more patrols, having different patrols," Neal says.

South Bend Common Councilman and retired police officer, Derek Dieter says the council is looking at getting more manpower to combat crime. "The thing that I know that works, we've done it, I've done it, is having aggressive patrols and extra patrols on the street," says Dieter.

He says the Council will have a Health and Safety meeting next Tuesday to address the concern.

One of the things Deputy Mayor Mark Neal says the police department is working on, is getting to know the people of South Bend better. "We'll be looking to have more public opportunities for residents to come together to talk to police officers, to get to know more of our police officers," he says.

Neal acknowledges some have had bad experiences with police in the past. There's nothing he can do about that. However, he says what's needed now is for everyone to cooperate.

"I am asking the community to engage with us. In meaningful dialogue. Helping us to both solve these situations and to prevent them from occurring. I'm imploring people, to please call," says Neal.

To give an anonymous tip, call 574-288-STOP.

 

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