Madison team to help coordinate approach to gun violence

The Madison area is taking a coordinated approach to gun violence with a new program that includes representatives of agencies from the city and Dane County, including nonprofit groups.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Community Safety Intervention Team was created last year in response to increasing homicides and gunfire in 2016 and 2017.

The group includes representatives from the mayor’s office, police officers, school officials and UW Health representatives. They meet weekly at a local church to share updates on incidents and discuss ways to address violence that go beyond police work.

The team helps families who may be in danger relocate, cover funeral costs and connect with social services. They also look for long-term strategies to reduce violence.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj