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In the center, Timothy Jackson, chief of the Jamestown Police Department and director of public safety for the city, speaks during a city press conference announcing the hiring of three additional police officers and four firefighters. Photo of PJ by Dennis Phillips

The city’s plan to address rising gun violence and the EMS crisis is now known.

On Monday, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist; Jamestown City Council President Anthony Dolce; members of the council’s public safety committee; Timothy Jackson, Jamestown Police Chief and Director of Public Safety for the city; and Matthew Coon, Deputy Fire Chief; held a joint press conference to discuss current public safety concerns.

Sundquist announced that the city will hire three new police officers and four new firefighters using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. He said the new police officers will be used to create an anti-gun violence unit and the four new firefighters will be used to operate a second EMS ambulance. He added last year that there had been 19 confirmed shootings, seven of which have already happened this year. Additionally, he said 90 firearms were confiscated by police last year, more than double the 2020 total. He said so far this year, 25 firearms have been confiscated.

Jackson said most incidents of gun violence that have occurred in the city do not involve local residents and the drug trade.

“We are using everything at our disposal to fight gun violence,” he said.

Full coverage can be found in Tuesday’s edition of The Post-Journal

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