LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Mayor Frank Scott Jr. held a news conference Wednesday to provide updates on the efforts in Little Rock to curb violence in the city.

Over the past couple of months, Scott has announced measures that the city is planning to take to address the crime rate, including the passage of a plan to direct nearly $2 million dollars in funding to multiple agencies.

Scott was joined by Pine Bluff Police Department Chief Lloyd Franklin Sr. and Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley M. Washington as well as Little Rock Police Department Chief Keith Humphrey.

Scott said the city of Little Rock has partnered with city leaders in Pine Bluff to combat crime in their communities.

To help prevent the amount of violent crime in Pine Bluff, Washington said the city is focusing on increasing youth activities and taking illegal drugs and weapons out of the community.

A live stream of the news conference can be viewed in the video player on this page.