Councilman says new violence intervention program will reduce Memphis murder rate by 10%

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis councilman says the new Group Violence Intervention Program to curb gun violence will reduce the murder rate by 10 percent in Memphis.

The budget council approved this week gives two million dollars to help fund the program.

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Besides reducing the murder rate by 10 percent, which would save dozens of lives, they hope to show teens there is a better way to solve their problems, and it’s not violence.

Memphis Councilman Jeff Warren said the new Group Violence Intervention Program aims to reduce violence by targeting people likely to commit crimes.

“It’s an intervention plan, and so what you do is you see what is going on in that person’s life.  What they may need to keep them from going in and deciding that their only choice is to stay in the gang and shoot someone before they get shot.”

Joy Touliatos will lead the GVIP program.  Touliatos served as Shelby County Clerk for eight years.

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When FOX13 asked Warren about Mayor Jim Strickland’s appointee for this program, he said he’s been pretty impressed with the mayor’s ability to hire good people.

We expect to learn more about this program and its leader next week.

FOX13 asked if new Police Chief C.J. Davis could speak on this, but we have not heard back from her office.

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