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City to hold "conversations" on gun crime

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has announced a new initiative to encourage community dialogue on what he calls a “very sobering” uptick in gun violence. 

Winnecke and Police Chief Billy Bolin will host “community conversations” in each of the city’s six wards over the next several weeks. The first one is set for September 15th from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on Bellemeade Ave.

Winnecke tells the Evansville Courier and Press that he’s looking for a constructive community dialogue. He says city officials want to “encourage people to come to these meetings” and “share ideas” to reduce crime.

Chief Bolin will offer an overview of the police department’s community policing programs, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann will promote the We Tip Hotline, and Winnecke will moderate a discussion of ideas.