|Published:||Jan 09, 2013 6:09 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 09, 2013 6:16 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Councilman Johnny Streets and City Manager William Mitchell, had a private meeting laying out their plan to attack the extreme number of homicides in the past 13 months.
Councilman Streets wants all agencies, federal, state and local, to work together on crimes happening in our city.
He says it first begins with communication and the sharing of information, which is why he went to the city manager asking him to make this happen.
Behind closed doors, Councilman Johnny Streets sat with City Manager William Mitchell, they want all agencies to work together to solve the cities crime.
"If I have the information, and based on my experience and I sit here and don't do nothing, than I'm just as guilty as the person that pulls the gun," says Streets.
He thinks all agencies sharing information and communicating with one another will help.
"I think that's why it's so important that the agencies share this information and work together and not say that's a city problem, that's a state problem, as opposed to that's a sheriff's problem. It's all of our problems," Streets explained.
We called the Orlando Homicide Task Force, who combine agencies to solve crime.
A spokesperson said having a joint effort like this does work.
They've seen an increase in solving crimes because agencies are working together.
"When this process that we are talking about is working effectively and efficiently, these families will be able to have closure," said Streets.
Police Chief Doug Baker also arranged for a workshop that will help assess the crime rate in the city.
"We have not forgotten our victims and their families. I have every intention of closing each and everyone of those cases, sending the suspects, perpetrators to prison at some point, either for the homicide or because these guys are still involved in criminal activity. They will go, mark my word, they will go," said Chief Baker.
The workshop will be held on January 31st by the Department of Justice.
Representative's of the U.S. Justice Department and Stop the Madness National Incorporated, will meet with the Fort Myers Police Department assessing the city's violent crime and the needs of the police department and the community