A crime-fighting plan is critical, and I believe the department is working toward that end. We on the City Council know that any strategy must recognize the increase in crime as a public health crisis that must be addressed by every agency of city government. That is why we fought so hard to increase investments in young people prior to them becoming youth offenders by pushing to restore funding to support community schools and afterschool programs. These are universal concerns, and I would ask for Mr. Ryan's support with these efforts. But what he fails to mention is how his lack of leadership has contributed to tying the hands of Commissioner Kevin Davis during an unprecedented spike in violent crime.