Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon joined Newstalk 98.7’s Hallerin Hilton Hill to discuss the rise in violent crime in Knoxville.
Kincannon said that the city council approved a $1 million budget amendment towards violence prevention programs in East Knoxville. Some of that money will be allocated to what Kincannon calls “group violence reduction strategies” and “crime interrupters” which will be individuals in the community who help stop crime.
Kincannon also answered a question as to whether or not Knoxville has a gang problem.
“We do have a gang problem in Knoxville,” responded the mayor. “It’s not what you think of based on what you’ve seen in movies. It’s more loosely knit networks. Some of the people are very young and they might be part of one group today and another group a week later.”
Kincannon added that the best way people can help prevent violence in Knoxville is to support local police officers and contribute to community groups that give children safe places to go and educational opportunities.