YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and Youngstown Police Department Chief Carl Davis provided an update on recent gun violence in the city Wednesday.
Brown said the mayor’s office is working with the families affected by gun violence to provide mental health support and grief counseling.
“So we're working with social services agencies to really figure out a way that makes sure that if they need that help, we will get that,” Brown said.
Davis said there has been a substantial link between violence and bars and nightclubs. In response, YPD will focus on large crowds leaving bars without targeting specific individuals, he said.
YPD has met with several owners to make plans to make bars and nightclubs safer by actively dispersing crowds when they close at the end of the night.
Captain Rod Foley said a lot of security set up at bars and nightclubs is failing due to a lack of planning to prevent large crowds or violence.
YPD plans to work with bar and nightclub owners to ensure appropriate security is in place for each establishment.
“What we're trying to do ... is to provide a safe environment for people to continue to go out,” Foley said.