CHICAGO (CBS)– Friday morning, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland met with local enforcement teams involved in the Chicago Regional Strike Force.
It aims to chase down illegal weapons before they make it to the streets.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
“I’m not here from Washington to tell you what to do, I’m here from Washington to find out what we can do to help,” Garland said.READ MORE: Labor Shortage Blamed For Lack Of Headstone On Woman's Grave 8 Months After Her Death
Chicago police have recovered nearly seven thousand illegal guns, a 25 % increase from last year.
But, community leaders say increased resources for law enforcement alone won’t be enough.MORE NEWS: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time
Pastor Ira Acree says more resources and money should go to fixing the root causes of violence, including a lack of jobs and a lack of hope.