Man Credits Campaign to Lower Homicide Number in Danville
Danville, VA - Homicide rates in Danville are way down so far this year. In 2012, Danville had one third of the homicides they had the year before.
While Danville Police have their own predictions for why it is so low, one Danville resident hopes his efforts had something to do with it.
Tim Griffin makes sure he will never forget December 9, 2011 when his daughter, Jordan, died after a shooting on North Main Street.
"She was brutally shot down just because she was going to ask a couple of questions," said Griffin.
But Griffin said that shooting would not put him to rest, in fact, it did just the opposite.
"God just laid on my heart that I need to get out here and do something about it to try to stop the violence in Danville," said Griffin.
Ever since, he's been on a campaign. Several times a week he will walk around town holding signs, and spreading the word to local kids.
"I feel if someone is out here pushing forward with it. Then it will keep the rates down," said Griffin.
After a full year of protests, the results are in and the numbers are down. From 2009 to 2011, the average number of homicides in the city was 9. But in 2012 only 3 homicides were reported.
"I'm very sure that my daughter would be proud of it," said Griffin.
Danville Police attribute the lower number to their Street Crimes Unit, their early detection of offenders, and the Commonwealth's Attorney's push for prosecutions.
"Anytime proactive police work is being done you'll see an impact," said Cpt. Dennis Haley, Danville Police Department.
Griffin hopes a little bit of credit can also be given to his campaign, though.
"I would hope to think I had a big part in the violence being down last year. Hopefully this year it will be even less," said Griffin.
Danville Police say since there were fewer homicides, that means their time was freed up to work on cases from previous years. Meanwhile, Griffin says he does not plan to ever stop campaigning.