City hosting community violence strategy meeting
MERCED – The City of Merced and the Merced Union High School District will be hosting a series of strategy meetings starting in August to address the problem of community violence that is having a major impact on our streets and neighborhoods.
“In light of recent events in the community, the City and the High School district are looking to put together community meetings to discuss the underlying issues that have resulted in serious injuries and deaths among our young people,” said City Manager Jim Marshall.
The City is calling together a diverse group of community, business, ethnic, neighborhood and faith-based leaders, along with local government officials and educators to help find solutions to the problems.
Marshall said the meetings would start by looking at the effects that gangs, drugs and violence are having on the community.
In the next week, community leaders will be invited to the planning session to assess the current situation and outline a strategy. A series of public forums would follow to hear from residents and work on a grassroots plan to combat the wave of community violence.
“We are working to keep Merced a safe community. We want to assure residents that the police department is committed to protecting the life and liberty of all Merced residents," Marshall said.