Hundreds gather at crime prevention town hall

HARRISBURG, (WHTM) – Harrisburg High School hosted the Regional Youth Town Hall on violence prevention on Thursday evening.

The city’s top cop, Police Chief Tom Carter, stayed away from talking points and spoke from the heart. “Kids at your age should be having fun socializing and enjoying each other,” said Carter, “Planning the next phase of your life, we should not be going to a kids funeral.”

A panel of young people under the age of 21 talked about a lot of topics that create violence. Some said that some parents are not equipped to teach their kids right from wrong, because they were young when they had kids.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said the meetings give young people a chance to express their concerns and hopes to have more meetings taking place during 2016.

According to Papenfuse, the goal is to use the ideas from the young people and try to implement them throughout the city, to help lower violent crime.

One of the things the city is working on is putting a hotline in place. According to Chief Carter, it would allow people to report issues before they escalate into violence.

No word on when that would be available.

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