So much attention everywhere right now focuses on the pandemic and that makes sense.
But we start with Davenport and issues that pre-date the pandemic. Chief among them: Gun violence.
Several times a week, guns are being fired somewhere in the Quad Cities — a lot of that in Davenport.
A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Mike Matson stood alongside Police Chief Paul Sikorski to go over the city’s approaches — things like bullet-tracing technology and a grant from the Department of Justice to hire crime analysts.
Mayor Mike Matson also made a big announcement when it comes to homelessness among veterans in the city.
In fact, he declared the community wiped it out through a collaboration with different shelter programs and government agencies.
They identified veterans and put a roof over their heads.
That’s just a sample of what’s going on in the city.
Mayor Mike Matson joined this week’s 4 The Record for a conversation.
We’ve seen the impact of the gun violence in Davenport over the last few years.
It only seems to be increasing.
Matson made it a priority to address and are going after it with the police department.
A couple of years ago the city joined the national network that traces bullet shells to guns.
Matson mentioned the department’s new $700,000 grant from the Department of Justice to hire the crime analysts.
There’s now a push to get people who have their own security camera systems to register with the city. That’s so you can have an idea who might have video if a crime happens near them.
Matson shared how effective the changes have been so far, how he thinks the analyst information will be used to make a dent in the problem and what the response has been so far to the camera request, considering privacy concerns.
Watch the video above for the full conversation.