GPD leadership working on plan to address gun violence

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- After recent incidents, the Gainesville Police Department is working on a plan to address gun violence in the city, Chief Tony Jones told the Police Advisory Council Wednesday evening.

Jones spoke to the council about recent events, including a shooting near Lincoln Middle School last Friday and a barricaded suspect in a Gainesville apartment complex earlier in the week.

Jones told the council those incidents, as well as others, have pointed toward the need for a comprehensive plan to address gun violence in the city.

"He's become very concerned with how many we've had and the frequency in which we're having them," said Acting Chief Inspector Jorge Campos. "We're now in the process of gathering data to put all of that information together and he plans to address the public in the near future, not only reporting on what has been occurring, but how we're going to respond to it."

Other topics included the hiring of new police service technicians and the need to hire sworn officers. Currently, GPD has 25 vacancies for officers.