After weeks of back and forth brainstorming between Macon City Council and the Police Department it looks like the Youth Violence Plan could be taking shape.
Monday members of the public safety committee showed support of an updated plan presented by Macon Police and the Mayor's Office. Despite the support, the committee postponed action to work out funding details.
Citizens voiced their thoughts about slowing youth violence in the city as well.
"That would put fear in the hearts of these hardened criminals, the young ones and the old ones," said Albert Hall of Macon.
Hall knows the value of putting criminals away for longer terms, he is a former deputy of the Bibb County Sheriff's Department. Monday he shared his two cents on how the city should reduce youth violence.
"I'm all for the federal people coming in. Having a liaison officer come in and assist them," said Hall.
In the Macon Police proposal a lieutenant would serve as a liaison with 'Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.' This position would investigate guns specifically and coordinate with the U.S. Attorney's office for stiffer prosecution.
"We don't have parole in the federal system so if someone gets five years it means five years by and large," said Michael Moore, U.S. Attorney, Middle Georgia District.
In addition to the ATF liaison the plan includes a captain to oversee Youth and Intervention and a civilian program coordinator. The committee showed support by initially passing the proposal, only to cancel the vote to iron out the funding details. Despite the support, some members say there are more efficient solutions.
"Look at where we can assign officers, take officers from certain areas and put them in the areas that we want to focus on," said Councilman Lonnie Miley.
While other members say it's a step forward with an evolving plan.
"Less officers and I believe it's more directed towards prevention and intervention of youth violence. So it just seems, it's not a comprehensive plan but it's certainly a start," said Councilman Larry Schlesinger.
Even though coming to a final plan seems out of reach at times Hall remains pleased with City Council's approach.
"They were trying to have all the facts down before they said commit to doing this or doing that," said Hall.
Some council members still want a comprehensive plan will all parties involved, including the school board and the sheriff's office.
The public safety committee will look at the proposal once again next Monday and may vote then. The appropriations committee will also discuss the plan next Monday.