ONE Lexington announces its strategic plan to address crime

One Lexington announces strategic plan to address violence in Lexington
Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 11:53 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Mayor Linda Gorton and other community leaders came together in downtown Lexington on Friday morning to announce the completion of the ONE Lexington strategic plan.

“We truly honor the process of building this plan by not only using evidence-based research, not only using things that have worked in different places post-pandemic, but we feel that we made it uniquely impactful to Lexington,” said Devine Carama, director at ONE Lexington.

Portions of the strategic plan are focused on preventing gun violence by identifying systemic barriers and root causes that lead to gun violence, supporting individuals already in the cycle of gun violence, and bridging the gap between communities of color and law enforcement.

“This ONE Lexington program, as well as much of what we do with our community policing, is what we’re calling CVI--community violence intervention,” said Mayor Gorton. “This is more of a newer focus for the Department of Justice, because we realize it’s about community.”

Mayor Gorton’s opponent, councilmember David Kloiber, feels that the strategic plan falls short when it comes to police integration within communities. Instead of CVI, he’s been calling for GVI--group violence intervention.

“The program that I’m supporting integrates everything that the mayor has proposed, plus brings the law enforcement into it. It’s as simple as that,” said Kloiber. “It’s a proven policy that brings every one of our resources together and brings it down to address the issue.”

Carama says that he looks at this four-year strategic plan as a starting point that leaves room to evolve as times change.