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Violence prevention conference underway in Baltimore


Violence Prevention Conference Underway

(Baltimore, MD) -- Violence prevention is taking centerstage as a conference gets underway in Baltimore.

Representatives from dozens of cities are meeting in Baltimore this week for the 9th Annual Cities United meeting.

The conference brings together lawmakers from across the country to discuss ways to prevent the ongoing problem of gun violence while working to build safe communities.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Shantay Jackson, the director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement addressed the representatives on Wednesday afternoon.

The meeting kicked off as Baltimore continues to deal with a rising homicide rate.

Baltimore Police say so far this year there have been 277 homicides compared to 272 this time last year. The conference runs through Friday.

Article contributed by source.metronetworks.com