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Durham police chief announces new measures amid soaring gun violence

Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews said Wednesday she's forming a special team to address violent crime head-on. In the next 90 days, they'll be targeting those hot zones impacted by gun violence.

"I'm sure everyone is aware of how many homicides we have had and just since last Thursday," said L.A. Jones, co-founder of the Hayti Reborn Justice Movement.

She spoke to the Durham Community Safety and Wellness Task Force on Wednesday night.

"There are some problems in our country that we cannot police away and that we cannot love away," she said. "It's going to take a middle ground.

Jones is leading the program with ex-Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers.

The Justice Movement takes a more holistic approach, looking at alternatives to incarceration, workforce readiness and mentoring for underserved communities in Durham. The task force is also proposing a program to provide listening sessions with gun violence survivors.

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