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City leaders to discuss resolutions for Savannah crime

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Mayor Edna Jackson will give the annual State of the City Address at the first town hall meeting of 2013. This will be the Mayor's second State of the City Address.

Council is expected to address the looming issue of public safety. They are also calling on the younger generation of Savannah. Council is expected to create a new Youth Summit, hoping feedback from a younger crowd might help with some of the city's crime.

The Mayor has said that this year's council has worked to give the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department more resources. That includes the new tip line they launched at the beginning of the month where people can anonymously report crimes to criminal investigators.

City officials have targeted the drug problems in Savannah that account for a large part of the city's crime. Starting at the bottom with small time criminals pushing drugs through the city and leading to bigger problems, ultimately saying there are not enough ramifications for those prosecuted. 

"If we can settle some of that and get some of the criminals into the penal system and keep them there, then it will be a benefit to our community," said Mayor Jackson during an interview leading up to Tuesday's meeting.

The State of the City Address is open to the public. It is set to take place at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Ballroom, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

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