MILWAUKEE (AP) — City leaders in Milwaukee are taking steps to try to reduce violence after a rash of homicides in the past couple of weeks.

WITI-TV reports there have been 14 killings in the city since Aug. 1. Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore says the past couple of weeks have been some of the most violent of the year.

Last week, Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt announced people with outstanding warrants would be targeted. On Thursday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said authorities are beginning a focused enforcement in high-crime neighborhoods.

On Friday, Schmidt said a 10-member Violent Crime Unit is being formed and will begin working with Milwaukee police next month.

Moore says officials are trying to prevent what happened in 2016, when there were 24 homicides in August.


Information from: WITI-TV,