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Phoenix police, county, federal officials to coordinate on 'Operation Gun Crime Crackdown'

A week ago the outgoing Phoenix police chief testified to Congress that guns have become more available and are too easy for children to get.

On Wednesday, Chief Jeri Williams vowed that her department would be laser-focused on taking firearms from criminals and people not supposed to have them.

Williams spoke at a news conference to announce a city, county and federal law enforcement effort she called "Operation Gun Crime Crackdown."

“But we need the public’s help. We need you to get involved. Too many times our communities have become immune to hearing gunfire in their neighborhoods and not doing anything,” said Williams.   

Williams urged those who know of someone illegally owning a gun to call a tipline. She also said detectives will be assigned to precincts to work directly with patrol officers on gun crimes cases.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.