CHICAGO (WLS) --U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon has held several roundtable discussions on Chicago crime over the past few months and revealed his findings on Monday.
Strengthening trust between the police and the public is one of the goals Fardon hopes to achieve as a result of these discussions.
Fardon held a series of these talks over months with non-profit organizations and civic and religious leaders across the city.
On Monday, Fardon revealed his findings at the City Club of Chicago.
Fardon said he's taking their ideas to help communities find long-term solutions and pathways to change.
"My general message is one of hope and optimism. We believe we're gonna get there, but I think right now is a very important time for us in history to be honest and to keep pushing," said Fardon.
Fardon gave a snapshot of Chicago's violence problem. He said there are 30 shooting victims under the age of 13 in the city this year.