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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a 10-week summer initiative designed to reduce violent crime is having an impact.The Charlotte Observer reports that statistics show that citywide, police have seen 21 percent fewer gun crimes in 2014 than in 2013. Lt. Ryan Jackson says that in a large area of southeast Charlotte, violent crime is down 15 percent during the first six weeks of the initiative.

Jackson said the nearly 60 officers involved in the summer initiative have confiscated more than 70 guns, including at least 10 that were found with convicted felons.

Police have engaged in summer projects before, but the current effort involves data analysis and surveillance to lock up violent criminals faster. They're also making a concentrated effort to get illegal guns off the streets.

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