ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police Chief Michael Persley addressed the high number of homicides in Albany this year at a public forum on Thursday night.
APD has investigated 14 murders so far in 2016, the most in the city since 1995.
Chief Persley said there's not one specific factor behind the increase but domestic violence is often a leading cause.
He said the main problem is too many people not respecting and valuing human life.
"We're pushing about hey put your weapons down. If you have a dispute with somebody then they're better ways to handle the dispute instead of resorting to any kind of violence," said Persley.
APD plans to bring in more community partners to help deal with domestic violence, gang violence and substance abuse.