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Danville Homicide Rates Down in 2012

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Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Danville, VA - A division of the Danville Police Department may be helping the city's murder rate fall. So far this year, there have only been two homicides in Danville. That's way below their average.

As the Danville Street Crimes Unit gears up, they prepare to prevent.

"The guys are visible in the communities, we target areas where crime happens, and it's done a good thing to stop some of the crime," said Captain Tommy Merricks from the Danville Police Department.

After three full months of working the streets of Danville, they have numbers to show for it. So far in 2012, only a couple of homicides were reported in the city compared to Danville's average of nine a year. That's something the police department partly attributes to the unit's presence.

"Two is always too many however based on what it has been in the past, I'm very excited about that and I hope we have some small part in those numbers decreasing," said Merricks.

Timothy Griffin takes it personally.

"God just gave me a vision to come out here and see if I could do anything to stop these violent acts from happening," said Griffin.

Back in December his daughter Jordan became a victim to violent crime.

"She was shot in the chest eight times. Every time I think about my daughter I think about somebody else's child getting killed," said Griffin.

Now, Griffin dedicates his life to stopping violence spending each day picketing or preaching a peaceful existence.

"I feel bad that the two happened, but I feel great that there is not anymore than that," said Griffin.

The Street Crimes Unit says they likely prevent more than just murders. They say that drugs, robberies, and other crimes are likely prevented because of them too.
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