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Milwaukee unveils 'blueprint' to prevent violence in the city

Posted at 3:25 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 18:14:00-05

The city of Milwaukee has unveiled a comprehensive plan that takes a public health approach to lowering violence by focusing on its causes and modeling strategies used in other cities.

Leaders unveiled a "Blueprint for Peace" Friday afternoon.

The plan has several goals, including promoting economic opportunity, safe and strong neighborhoods and supporting children and families, stop the shooting, promote healing and restorative justice, foster safe and strong neighborhoods and strengthen the coordination of violence prevention efforts.

The game plan will target 10 neighborhoods.

Preventing violence is very personal to community activist Tracey Dent, working in the community for more than 15 years. He has seen the growing list of issues.

“It's much needed. All across the board when it comes to car thefts, when it comes to robberies and just shooting themselves," Dent said.

Dent is one of the more than 1,500 people who helped come up with the blueprint. They've been working on these plans for a year.

"I think that we could really do something," Dent said. "Implementation of it is what really matters."

This blueprint was funded by private grants. The plan will be discussed at the public safety and health committee meeting Monday.