CURBING VIOLENCE: Police Chief Credits Communities

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Des Moines’ top cop says violent crime is on the decline and police officers don’t deserve all the credit.

“To say it’s just the cops that make a difference isn’t the case. It’s the community, it’s your actions, and it’s just a conversation,” said Judy Bradshaw, Chief of Police for the Des Moines Police Department.

Bradshaw spoke at Saturday’s Mother’s Against Violence Rally.

After a spring filled with shootings, it’s been months since the department had to respond to a shots fired call at a city park.

The chief is giving credit to groups like Mother’s Against Violence and Creative Visions.

The two are teaming up again next Friday in an effort called “Right Out.”

Volunteers plan to drive through Des Moines neighborhoods with a history of crime and encourage parents to talk to their kids about violence.

“We just want to get out there and talk to them. We’ll have care packets with things like toothbrushes and deodorant. We want to talk to families, and hopefully they will talk to us,” said Calvetta Williams, founder of Mother’s Against Violence.

Volunteers plan to reach out to families each Friday through Labor Day.

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