Law enforcement leaders to discuss gun violence

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the first in a three-part series of special public hearings on Curbing Gun Violence will begin during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Public Service Committee meeting as part of Public Services Committee Chairman Bill Dwyer's efforts, along with Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, who have presented a bipartisan resolution to "Exam How Oakland County Citizens are Protected from Gun Violence."

Dwyer, who is a former police chief, announces the three-part series with the first public hearing panelists speaking from a law enforcement perspective. The three panelists will be Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe, Executive Director of the Chiefs of Police Bob Stevenson, who is the former police chief of Livonia, and West Bloomfield Police Chief Mike Patton. These law enforcement experts will discuss and answer questions relating to loopholes in the gun background check system, look at what we can do to prevent gun violence to prevent another Sandy Hook and offer recommendations to strengthen Universal Background Checks.

"Gun violence in this country has reached a fever pitch and we must address it. Today, it is the #1 concern of all Americans. Looking at this issue and the mental health component and its relationship to gun violence, along with mental health funding will give greater insight," stated Dwyer, who also announced that of the three part series of hearings, a hearing on mental health will be scheduled to round out the discussion.

The first hearing will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Committee Room A, 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac. For additional information, call Dwyer at 248-417-7500.

Published: Wed, Feb 20, 2013