New PSA to Fight Recent Spike in Crime

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It was lights, camera, action Tuesday afternoon as all of Leon County's big dogs of law enforcement came together.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and the chiefs from TPD, FAMU, and FSU made their voices heard today: joining forces to encourage residents to pick up the phone and help prevent crime in their neighborhood.

The four were all smiles while shooting the PSA, but say collaboration and communication between their agencies is something they take very seriously.

"This isn't what we're good at. What we're good at is enforcing the law and we're in tune, we're working together and we want to ensure the safety of the community," says Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones.

"We're not competing with each other, we're out here working together with each other on a day and night basis," says Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell.

With the recent spike in crime and the holiday season right around the corner, Police say you can expect to see more enforcement out on the streets.
With Thanksgiving just days aways and the holiday season kicking off, local law enforcement are looking to beef up their patrols.

But the holidays aren't the only thing that has police on their toes.

It's no secret that the holiday season and crime tend to go hand and hand. But local law enforcement are noticing an early spike this year and it's forcing them to reach to unorthodox measures to fight back.

Tuesday, Tallahassee Police, Leon County Sheriffs Office and various other law enforcement agencies will join their voices to film a public service announcement that's looking to drive down crime stats.

Tallahassee Police say there were 10 murders in 2008 and say we've seen seven so far this year.

So although the numbers don't show an increase, the fact that there have been 4 shootings in a 7 day period with two of those being fatal , the recent spike is a red flag.

"We're not going to tolerate, we're not going to stand for it in Tallahassee and we don't think our citizens will either and that's why we're asking for their help and support by making that phone call," says David McCranie, Tallahassee Police Department Spokesperson.

Law enforcement say public input is extremely critical in solving cases, because often times they're the only ones that have the pieces to the puzzle police are missing.

Police say they don't want folks getting directly involved putting themselves at risk, but say by simply picking up the phone and calling, it could be the last clue needed to solve a case.

TPD says they're hoping to have the PSA airing locally within the week.

The filming will begin Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at TPD.

Check back to and the 11 o'clock news on Tuesday night for a full report on the process of making the PSA.

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