LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – City leaders addressed efforts to curb violence in Little Rock Wednesday morning.

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. was joined by officials with the Little Rock Police Department and the Office of Neighborhood Safety.

During his briefing, Scott said that the police department has increased patrols in some of the city’s high crime areas. He also said that more social workers were hired to help put a dent in crime.

This briefing comes a week before Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey is set to retire from the department.

This is the first time Humphrey has spoken publicly since his announcement.

“It’s been an honor to serve Mayor Scott and this city, but I’m also looking forward to retirement and some peace and quiet after 34 years of public safety,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey’s last day is May 20. Assistant Chief Crystal Haskins will serve as acting chief until a new chief is named.

Scott said that he is looking to appoint a new chief before the November election.