Chief Lumpkin briefs Chatham County Commissioners on 2016 crime stats

Chief Lumpkin briefs Chatham County Commissioners on 2016 crime stats

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Violent crimes involving guns. A big topic at Friday's Chatham County Commission meeting.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin had a chance to highlight some problem areas of the unincorporated areas with commissioners Friday, which include higher numbers of aggravated assaults with and without guns compared to this time last year. ?

The chief also talked about the attrition rate for the department, which at this point sits around 12 percent. The chief says they are anticipating 30 new hires toward the end of the month, but added later in the presentation that application numbers are down.

The question and answer session following the presentation bounced back to gun violence when Commissioner James Holmes asked the chief what the department could do to address shootings around schools, particularly Savannah High, where several shootings have happened over the past couple months.

Chief Lumpkin says they have made several arrests in cases of gun violence, some of those were teens.

District 2 Commissioner James Holmes spoke about his theory why teenagers are getting caught up in that gun violence culture.

"There ain't no doubt in my mind that the youngsters are being used by the elders. And there's a spot over there in the Savannah High area that is targeted. And I'm probably going to talk to the chief about it," said Commissioner Holmes.

The chief agreed with the notion that teens are being lured into criminal activity by adults. Lumpkin says they are continuing to assign intelligence personnel to that area to help them get to the root of the problem.

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