Don’t Shoot officials share latest program statistics
“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.