MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – An initiative to reduce gun violence has been in place for several years throughout the county.It’s been a violent week in Dayton,  three shootings in just a handful of hours, one of them fatal. 2 NEWS asked if a tax-payer funded initiative is really working to bring those violent crimes down.

“It’s not only working, it’s been working. When we first started in 2008 we had a significant number of what we called ‘group member involved’ (GMI)  homicides and we knew that was driving overall homicides. To get to from double digits to one in a year that’s a big deal” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.

City of Dayton leaders say the numbers are proof. Since 2010 the number of homicides by a firearm have steadily decreased. The City of Dayton’s Human Resource Council says the key to its success has come from open outlets of communication.

“It’s a slow process, we need the community to engage and stand up and say ‘I’m not going to tolerate this behavior this is not the norm, I don’t want this in my community'” said Katy Crosby, City of Dayton Human Resources Council.

The program is a collaborative effort involving the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Trotwood Police Departnment and the Dayton Police Department.

For more information about how the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence works, click here.