Camden community groups to discuss uptick in violence

Given the surge of violence in Camden this month (at least 10 dead and several with gunshot wounds), several community groups are asking the public to join them Wednesday to discuss possible solutions.

The Camden District Council Collaborative Board, a group of volunteers that works to address public-safety and quality-of-life issues, is hosting the community forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cathedral Hall in downtown Camden. DCCB representatives will go over some existing resources to report crime such as the GIS map the DCCB developed, in partnership with Hopeworks, which people can use to report quality-of-life issues, from abandoned houses to streetlight outages.

So far this year, Camden has seen 36 homicides -- about a third more than at the same time last year.

Other groups expected to be in attendance at the forum include the Camden Diocese, Heart of Camden, and Save our Waterfront.

The Peace on the Street Jam, also meant to address the violence, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Robert Johnson Park.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments