PEORIA, Ill -- The Peoria 'Don't Shoot' Initiative was the topic of discussion Thursday at the South dash West Kiwanis Club.
Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady and County Sheriff Mike McCoy talked to Club members about how the program aims to curb gun violence in high-risk areas of the City.
Brady says it is important to keep the Initiative moving forward, and to remember that it is not an overnight fix.
"It's a logic, it's a process, and it's going to take time; we've said that all along. You can't change in several months the history of violence that has developed over a series of years," said Brady.
"I believe that if you give it enough time and that time frame may be 5 years. I'm not talking about something in my mind, it's short. Obviously there's money involved but you have to have some dedicated people in there that are willing to follow through and I think that's what you have right now," said Club Member and retired police officer Ronald Givens.
State's Attorney Brady says with the summer months approaching, residents are a key tool in fighting crime, and encourages people to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.