Mayor of Opelika talks plan of action after recent string of homicides

Mayor of Opelika talks plan of action after recent string of homicides

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - City leaders in East Alabama are working towards a new plan to combat crime.

Three homicides in two weeks time in different spots of the city is not something that typically happens in Opelika. This East Alabama city is surpassing the amount of deadly shootings from last year with four to five as of today.

"This recent spike of three within a two week period is unacceptable," said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. "Whatever we've been doing is not working."

Fuller put a proactive patrol plan in place just over a year ago where more community policing was being done. Now, the mayor says the proactive patrol might not be enough.

"We are going to try to find a facilitator that will help walk us through it, perhaps someone that has experience with something of this nature," explained Fuller.

Fuller said he is in the process of appointing a Commission on Crime and Violence in Opelika. Something local leaders and possible outside help will get involved with.

"We are not going to let money stand in the way of us coming up with a workable solution," said the Opelika mayor.

As police are continuing to investigate these homicides, city leaders are hoping they can provide help in the prevention of violent crimes.
 
"We've got to have citizen involvement and we've got to have parents involved," said Fuller.

City leaders said they don't expect a change to happen overnight. They said they are going to put time and effort into a commission for positive change.

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