LIVE: City hosts news conference on recent violence

After 15 homicides in less than 5 months, Des Moines Police want to do something to stop the recent surge.

The Department, along with city leaders, will hosted a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Mayor Fank Cownie opened the news conference to talk about recent violence in the city.

“Today’s conversation is about violent crime, and violent crime needs to be punished. And we have to find ways that we as a community, working together, from the city government, public safety, Polk County, our business community, our faith-based community neighbors in their home, we all work together to protect each other,” said Cownie.

Additional funding is being provided to Des Moines police by the city and private groups to help combat violence.

Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said public and private groups will be working together to create an incentive for the public to cooperate with the police department to address violent crime.

“Central Iowa is a special place where people truly care, and this is just another one of those good ideas to create that incentive so that our communities are as safe as they can possibly be,” said Wingert.

Few other details on the plan were provided in the news conference.

KCCI’s Hannah Hilyard was at the news conference and will have more on the plan later today on the KCCI News App and KCCI 8 News.