Firearm-related violence has risen to the forefront of many conversations, school policies and various national platforms. Yet, we continue to see the single incidents and mass events alike devastate our communities, neighborhoods and families within our cities and throughout the country.
The collaboration of various facets of the community is and will continue to be an essential component needed to impact change to address the gun-related crime that plagues many communities. Collective data supports the Raleigh Police Department’s need to proactively respond to an innovative approach to reducing firearm related crime in the City of Raleigh.
2018 Firearm Violence Reduction Strategy
As an Intelligence-Led Police Department, the Raleigh Police Department sees the importance of an analytical application to addressing our firearm-related crime. In evaluating this trending data, the assessment led us to the development of the 2018 Firearm Violence Reduction Strategy. The Strategy is premised on three fundamental pillars necessary to support our overall objective, which is to reduce firearm violence:
1. Training to Ensure Safe and Engaged Officers;
2. Engaging and Partnering with the Community; and
3. RPD Intelligence-led Policing
This strategy will lay out the specifics of each pillar along with goals and key objectives.
How Can You Prevent Gun Violence?
- Educate your children on gun safety
- Properly secure firearms in your home
- Never leave your unsecured gun in an unlocked car
- Treat every gun as if it is loaded
- Use a gun lock to secure your firearm
- Don't use a gun to settle disputes
Report a Crime or Tip
By reporting crimes that occur in your community you can help the police and the judicial system combat crime. It is critical that the police have as much information as possible about the crimes that are committed in our city by helping to generate vital information that can be utilized to solve the crime you reported, solve crimes that may be related, conduct investigations, and build cases against criminals. Please visit our Report a Crime or Tip page for more information.
Wear Orange Day and Gun Violence Awareness Month
WHEREAS, June 4th – 6th is Wear Orange Weekend signifying the beginning of National Gun Violence Awareness Month, people across the city, state and country will wear orange. It is a simple but powerful action; and,
WHEREAS, orange is the color hunters use to protect themselves and others from harm. The color is bright and demands attention. It is the color that a group of people in Chicago chose to honor a friend who was killed by gunfire at the age of 15. They performed a simple act that has become a national movement to honor the victims of gun violence; and,
WHEREAS, throughout the month, our social networks, our landmarks, and our communities will light up orange, representing a bright future free from gun violence. Orange expresses our hope as a city and country that our places of worship, our schools, our movie theaters, and our communities will be free from gun violence. and,
WHEREAS, the Raleigh Police Department has implemented a Firearm Violence Reduction Strategy to reduce firearm-related crime in Raleigh. Many violent crimes and suicides involve the use of a firearm. The Department is taking steps to reduce these numbers through training and education, partnering and engaging with the community, and utilizing intelligence-led policing; and,
WHEREAS, gun violence awareness is highlighted in June but must be communicated daily. We can all work to end gun violence so that Raleigh remains a safe, vibrant, and healthy community.
NOW, THEREFORE, do I Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, hereby proclaim the month of June 4-6, 2021 and the month of June 2021 respectively in the City of Raleigh as WEAR ORANGE DAY and GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Signed PDF version of Wear Orange Day and Gun Violence Awareness Month Proclamation