Safety Net initiative aims to stop violent crimes in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city of Lexington announced a new anti-violence initiative following a weekend of gun violence that killed two teenagers and injured two more people.

Police and the mayor say they’ll work with other community groups to stop gun violence before it happens. They’ll be working with high-risk families.

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The chief of police says threats often precede gun violence.

The police say the goal of the new initiative called “Safety Net” is putting and end to violent crimes and reducing the chances of young people falling into a life of crime.

“One Lexington” works to address violence in the city and it says it’ll work with police, neighbors, the faith community, social services, and others to go into high risk neighborhoods to share a message.

The message is, “risky, threatening behavior often leads to gun violence and even death. This is preventable and has to stop,” said Mayor Linda Gorton.

Mayor Gorton says violent crimes in the city have gone down but shootings are rising especially with young people.

Police say they’ve been working on this initiative for weeks. Safety Net is expected to be in full operation by the end of the year.