ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke City Police’s “RESET” (Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma) team walked around Williamson Road on Wednesday.
The team is made up of volunteers who walked around the neighborhood to speak with residents and businesses after recent shootings in the area.
RESET coordinator Lloyd Merchant says the team is not there to collect information about the crime, they just want to offer support and resources to those affected by violence.
“The overlapping theme that we’re hearing is that people want a place to be free of violence, gun violence especially. Any kind of violence, but specifically gun violence and these homicides and whatnot. They are all saying the same thing, they feel like they have a right to be in a community that’s free of violence, and it’s just…they want it to stop. They want it to stop.”Lloyd Merchant, RESET Coordinator
The team is made up of educators, health professionals, traume-informed counselors, law enforcement and first responders, youth mentors and citizens who have had their lives directly impacted by gun violence.