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Chief has plan to curb rising gun crime

Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish announces crime crackdown on September 11, 2020.
Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish announces crime crackdown on September 11, 2020.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 6:24 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Increasing gun crime in Dothan is upsetting the city’s police chief, who promises a crackdown.

“I look at it as my personal responsibility for the safety and security of the people in Dothan,” Police Chief Steve Parrish said Friday, when he announced the initiative.

Estimates indicate there will be 75 shootings in 2020, compared with 39 last year.

Disturbing to Parrish is, in several of those cases, victims refused to cooperate with investigators.

Also alarming to him is the number of what police term “shots fired”. That’s when weapons are discharged but nobody is wounded.

At the current pace, there will 158 shots fired instances this year, compared to 79 in 2019.

“It’s a nationwide trend that I believe is due to a lack of respect for law enforcement,” Chief Steve Parrish said of gun violence.

One category that has not seen an increase is murders---four homicides have occurred in 2020.

“One is too many, though,” Parrish said.

The chief did not elaborate on his plans to stop violence, citing security reasons.

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