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'There's never a break': Office of Violence Prevention remains hard at work amid crime dip, COVID-19

Posted: 7:16 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 20:48:10-04

MILWAUKEE — They're the people working to prevent crime and help victims in the City of Milwaukee.

The Office of Violence Prevention is often in direct contact with crime victims and getting them help.

Reggie Moore, Director of the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, monitors crime numbers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally.

He said his office is still hard at work, helping victims in the safest way possible.

"We have to stay vigilant in terms of protecting public safety and peace in our community," Moore said.

The fight for a safe Milwaukee doesn't stop for Moore. He and his staff are working on new ways to connect with crime victims while keeping safe themselves.

"When a shooting survivor arrives at the hospital, we're not going there physically. We're doing that over video chat and phone," Moore said.

Moore said overall crime has decreased while the number of COVID-19 cases in the region has increased.

Milwaukee Police crime database numbers show the amount of violent crime has dipped by 21 percent in the time frame of February 27 to March 24 from the time frame of January 28 to February.

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