“The reductions in shootings, felony prosecutions over the last year, and the correlation it has to the large number of people we’re arresting and prosecuting and getting convictions over. I think that what we’re looking at is a lot of these things together would point you in the direction that you’re having some success,” Ardis says.
Ardis says the reduction in gun-related crime overall is also helped by a resident-led group called Peoria Community Against Violence. Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady says officials are also targeting the most-violent individuals in area gangs in addition to the entire groups. He says that can help further reduce the gang coordination and activity in the city.