After consulting with faith leaders and community members throughout the area, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has created a Citizens Safety Task Force aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence and violent crime. As a former Police Chief of the city of Orlando, former Orange County Sheriff, and former head of the department of Pubic Safety, Demings is no-nonsense when it comes to violent crime. Under Deming’s leadership, the county has seen a 34% reduction in violent crime and 30% reduction in overall crime.
This year, over a three-week span, Orange County saw seven shootings involving children 17 and younger– two of which resulted in fatalities. Gang violence was blamed. One of the children shot was just three years old.