Harrisburg police said Wednesday the homicide total for 2013 is now at 17 after the department reassigned previous death investigations. The same day, Mayor-elect Eric Papenfuse weighed in on how he plans to fight city crime.
For starters, Papenfuse wants to reorganize the Public Safety Department and add a director. He plans on putting code enforcement under that umbrella as well.
Papenfuse also wants to improve the relationship between the police department and the community. He says it's the number one place the city has come up short in its crime fighting efforts.
"I want to see smart policing. I want to reevaluate the shift schedules and the beat schedules for the officers. I want real accountability so we can begin to build that relationship of trust back with the community," Papenfuse said during an interview with abc27.
On Wednesday, Harrisburg Criminal Investigation Division Captain Deric Moody updated the city's latest numbers involving gun violence. Moody said police have responded to more than 1,000 gun/weapon-related calls, have had 73 non-lethal shooting victims, and recovered 207 illegal guns off the streets.
Moody also said the city's homicide total for 2013 is now 17 after the department reassigned previous death investigations. Harrisburg's latest homicide on Friday was initially the city's 15th of 2013. The new figure has matched Harrisburg's 2009 and 1990 rate as the deadliest years on record in the past two decades.
"It's tragic, it's heartbreaking, it is almost more than any of us can bear, but the resolve is great to do something about it," Papenfuse said.