(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Local community leaders gathered at the Federal Building in Downtown Miami on Monday, February 28, 2011 to discuss the best methods of reducing gang violence within the community. The inaugural meeting of the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Coalition was borne out of Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's South Florida Anti-Gang Summit held in 2008, to encourage communication among municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies about making the streets safer for residents who are in fear of violence within their neighborhoods.
Guest speakers in attendance included Commissioner Jordan, U.S. State Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, Assistant Miami-Dade State Attorney Frank Ledee, and Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus. Officials from the U.S Justice Department in Washington, DC and CeaseFire Chicago, as well as the Assistant U.S. Attorney from Baltimore, Maryland, offered strategies to reduce gang activity that have shown promise within their own communities, and how these models might benefit law enforcement officials in Miami-Dade.
"It is evident by the participants here today that our community is concerned over the increased number of gangs and their impact within Miami-Dade County and we are taking an active role in minimizing their overall impact," said Commissioner Jordan. "I urge our residents to get involved as I have in my neighborhood and actively utilize preventative strategies as best they can to make our streets safer and to save the lives of our youth."
The Miami-Dade Anti Gang Coalition will enrich the anti-gang efforts of all agencies involved and provide a multi-pronged, multi-level approach to reducing the influence of gangs within Miami-Dade by stressing the significance of implementing the prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry strategies developed from the South Florida Anti-Gang Summit.
"Violence in Miami-Dade can only be suppressed through the combined efforts of government leaders, law enforcement, and the community," said Commissioner Jordan.
Residents can report illegal activity anonymously to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers by calling 305-471-TIPS (8477). For more information, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-474-3011.