Omaha 360 is working to come up solutions for gun violence in Omaha. The group met with community members Wednesday outlining an evolving strategy for tackling violent crime.
The group gave an update on the trends, successes, and challenges they've experienced in fighting gun violence over the past six years.
Citywide, Omaha gun assaults have decreased between the months of May and July by 32% from 72 in 2007 to 41 so far this year. The decrease has been even larger in the police department’s northeast precinct. The gun assaults there have decreased by more than half over the same period.
Omaha Police Chief, Todd Schmaderer, also spoke at the meeting. He told the crowd that he wants to curb violence, establish community policing, and improve the public's relationship with police.
As part of that, Chief Schmaderer says he wants to hold a community forum.
“We’ll field some questions, what going on in the community, what are some of the barriers to those relationships and take some of the tough questions,” says Schmaderer.
The date for that forum has not been set.