Local Leaders Launch Intense 90-Day Operation To Combat Gun Violence – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Police Department works with other law enforcement agencies and local leaders to tackle criminal hot spots and bring gun violence to a halt.

“If there are no cops in these areas, we will only find the cases. We want to catch these crooks when they leave the area, stop them and put them in jail, “said Art Acevedo, Miami police chief.

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The 90-day operation will span five Miami neighborhoods including Little Haiti, Model City, Allapattah, Little Havana and Overtown.

The effort will include 130 additional police officers in these areas.

Gun violence is a problem not just on the city limits, but across Miami-Dade County.

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“This is a public health epidemic, we all know it is,” said Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade Mayor. “It’s way beyond anything we could have imagined.”

Miami-Dade police are looking for people who shot a mother and injured her toddler in broad daylight in Naranja last week.

Last month, a 3-year-old boy was shot dead at a birthday party in northwest Miami-Dade. A 21-year-old was also shot but survived.

“Families on both sides suffer, as do the community and the neighborhoods they live in,” said Miami-Dade County Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

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Officials say they need community help to address this issue and are part of the success of the operation.

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