Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams touts anti-violence effort



Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams is launching a new anti-violence campaign by visiting some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. 

He took to the streets Monday to announce a program called “Cease Violence” that will send former offenders and outreach workers into hotspots to try to deter troubled adults from criminal activity.

He says the program uses a violence-prevention model that has shown good results in parts of Chicago and New Orleans.

Williams says he’s visiting the neighborhoods to show citizens he’s not what he called a “ninth-floor mayor,” isolated from the people he serves.

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One of the neighborhoods Williams visited, in the area of Concord Avenue and Washington Street, saw three shootings, including one fatality, from July 27 to Aug. 3.

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