ERIE, Pa. – A focus on gun violence has led to hundreds of recovered firearms and a decrease in shots fired throughout the city.
It started in 2015 with a countywide gun task force, an intense seventh-month focus on recovering guns with 13 agencies recovering 100 firearms.
Now, the gun task force has dissolved, but Erie police department’s effort is stronger than ever.
So far this year, nearly 150 guns have been taken off the streets.
That number is already higher than it was in the past three years.
“We have special patrols that go out and focus specifically on areas that are known to have shots fired incidents,” Erie Police Cheif Don Dacus said. “A lot of our recent shootings we look at the data and then we structure our patrols around that.”
Dacus said those recovered guns are a mix of both stolen firearms and ones that were owned by the person in possession of it.
In that case, the charge was typically for illegally concealing the weapon.