Nutter administration officials highlight anti-crime strategy

Mayor Nutter (right) and Everett Gillison, his chief of staff, outside the glassed-in Real-Time Crime Center. Of the $20 million cost, federal grants paid $10.6 million and the city paid the rest.

Top Nutter administration officials held a City Hall press conference today to highlight the city’s “collaborative approach” to fighting crime, which has decreased dramatically in the first half of the year in several key areas.

Although Managing Director Rich Negrin said, “There’s nobody dancing in the endzone” over the new numbers - homicides have fallen 30 percent since this time last year - the well-attended event featured little new information and was designed to showcase the city’s existing anti-crime tactics.

Everett Gillison, Nutter’s chief of staff, said that the administration’s philosophy in fighting crime is to collaborate across departments to address the issue holistically and engage the entire community.

“Dialogue works; collaboration works,” Gillison said. “We are a national model for this type of engagement.”

He said addressing black-on-black violence has to be a priority for the city and the country.

“Race - it’s the unanswered question for us as a society,” he said. 

Also at the event were city officials for education, public safety, human services, the Police Department. City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. also spoke.

Mayor Nutter, who has no scheduled public appearances this week, was not at the event. Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the mayor has been “with his family” recently.

McDonald declined to say whether the mayor was out of town on vacation. He said city officials can reach him on his Blackberry.