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Students react to crime in Tallahassee, Leon County

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 17:16:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's a topic that many in Tallahassee are talking about, the crime rate.

And it's something that Leon County and Tallahassee are trying to get ahead of.

Pascale Robillard, a college student, feels safe living beside a Leon County deputy, so she never thought violence would come to her own apartment complex.

"If you need to call the police, they're always out here within like 10 to 15 minutes," said Robillard.

Robillard feels like crime as a whole in Tallahassee isn't that bad.

"Compared to where I'm from, Jacksonville has crime everyday because it's a bigger city. But because this is so small, it shocks me a little bit," said Robillard.

Tallahassee and Leon County saw three shootings in three days. Two of those shootings happened at student apartments.

"I think the community as a whole understands the urgency as a whole. That they see what's going on right in front of them," said Leon County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dave Teems.

Leon County and Tallahassee has experienced more than two dozen shootings this year, but according to the Uniform Crime Report, violence is going down.

"We can't rest on that though. We have to continue to push these initiatives, to make people understand that while they are going down and we're happy, we're not completely satisfied with that," said Teems.

Through the All In Initiative, there are multiple programs focused on continuing to see those numbers fall.

"We're not just focusing on people that have already committed crimes, we're also focusing on people that are also on that edge," said Teems. "To get them to a place where hopefully they won't commit those crimes."

And with the increased efforts from the people, Teems believes those crime reports will continue to go down.

Teems says the latest All In Initiative is getting at risk youth more involved with religion as a way to keep them on the right path.

The Tallahassee Police Department is focusing more efforts on increased community policing.