WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Police in Wilmington say that Operation Tranquility is helping reduce gun violence and the effort is being extended.
The initiative started in early June and was supposed to last for a month. But police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Thursday the task force of officers from several agencies will continue indefinitely.
The group was created in response to a spate of shootings in the city that included two deaths in June.
There have been no shooting deaths since the task force was assembled. The number of gunshots recorded by an acoustic system in the city is down almost 50 percent.
Since June 27, there have been 19 aggravated assaults involving guns in the city and four people were wounded.