Even as overall crime rates in the city of Roanoke trend downwards dozens of gun violence incidents over the past few years and more than a dozen fatalities just this year alone have some residents wondering – is the Star City a safe place? The City of Roanoke has been pushing back by establishing the Gun Violence Prevention Commission. Roanoke City Councilman Joe Cobb, who chaired that commission, and one item action from that initiative, Chris Roberts, who joined the city as the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator in October, were live in studio this morning. WFIR’s Evan Jones reports on Roberts’ thoughts after serving in that position for two months.
Here is the full conversation: