In his weekly message Governor Markell focuses on making Delaware's communities safer and this week's announcement of "Operation: Pressure Point" -- a coordinated anti-crime initiative designed to tackle gun violence and violent crime.
"The idea of a "pressure point' is fitting," said Governor Markell. "This is not a single, quick strike designed to reduce crime, but a deliberate application of additional force where it can make the greatest impact to protect public safety. It's about focusing the resources of probation and parole officers to focus on those most likely to offend; alcohol and tobacco enforcement and Highway Safety to recognize the link between illegal substances and violent crime; and the Attorney General's office for effective prosecution. It's also about connecting police intelligence across the state to identify high-risk offenders, gangs and drug-trafficking organizations and about targeting, developing evidence on, and prosecuting cases against these persons and groups who cause the most violent crime."
The initiative has two phases - enforcement and investigation - each of which involve greater coordination between state, federal and local resources to fight crime directly which affects every aspect of society. The effort will begin most visibly in Wilmington.
"The state received specific requests and a very clear call from Wilmington community leaders, local elected officials and the state's Black Caucus for state police resources to help City Police in their efforts," said Governor Markell. "We have heard that request, and answered. This weekend, ten Delaware State Police will be joining forces in the City in areas local police have designated "hotspots' to help city officers in their noble work. Our Troopers are looking forward to adding their efforts and being a visible presence of support and help. Across the state, this will not be easy. It demands focus, and effort. But it ensures that, when it comes to combating gun violence and violent crime, we are fully aligned in our efforts and outcomes which is to save lives and keep Delaware, moving forward. Delawareans deserve to feel safe in their homes."
At noon every Friday, a new video message is posted to the Governor's website and YouTube channel and is distributed to Delaware media outlets. Transcripts of the messages are posted and the audio version of the Governor's message is available on iTunes as a podcast for distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers. The Governor's weekly message is currently being carried on the air and posted on websites by various media outlets, and the direct link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM1-5YuOsMk.
Constituents, media outlets and others are free to link to the Governor 's video message on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/GovernorMarkell - or on his Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/governormarkell - or on the Delaware State website at http://governor.delaware.gov/information/podcast_video.shtml. All are also invited to follow him on Twitter -- http://www.twitter.com/governormarkell - and submit ideas through http://ideas.delaware.gov.