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Tallahassee business leaders get a criminal justice update from the area's top law enforcers

(L. to r.) Sheriff Walt McNeil, State Attorney Jack Campbell and Police Chief Lawrence Revell
Tom Flanigan
(L. to r.) Sheriff Walt McNeil, State Attorney Jack Campbell and Police Chief Lawrence Revell

The Capital City's top law enforcers talked crime prevention and response during the Jan. 24 meeting of NEBA (Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates) at the Capital City Country Club.
State Attorney Jack Campbell said his office and local law agencies are determined to break the connection between young people and gun violence.

"My heart goes out to what led them to that point, but once you start shooting people, you need to be separated from our community. I also fully support trying to re-route some of these young children and reach out so that we don't see the next generation."

Campbell, along with Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil and Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell, also spoke about a newly deployed network of cameras and intelligent software is already helping local law enforcement agencies like his. Revell invited the business group's members to hook their premises cameras into the system to further expand its crime-fighting potential.

"The Real-Time Crime Center is a game-changer on how we are doing law enforcement in this city. It's already making a tremendous difference and having a huge impact, so please share your cameras with us."

Another revelation shared by the panel was the fact that the majority of the firearms that are winding up in the hands of violent offenders locally continue to be stolen from unlocked vehicles.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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