During her tenure as Chief of Police Val Demings reduced violent crime in Orlando by 40% She credits this unprecedented success to improved relationships between the police, community leaders, and the public they serve. Chief Demings created innovative programs like Operation Positive Direction, a mentoring program that empowers at-risk students through tutoring, community service, and positive incentives. She also launched Operation Free Palms, a project focusing on rejuvenating Orlando's most crime-ridden housing complex, the Palms Apartments. Collaborating with city officials and faith leaders, this initiative included increasing access to childcare, building playgrounds, a GED program, and job skills training to improve the quality of life in Orlando’s most distressed community. Chief Demings will bring this experience to Washington, helping to push policies that will reduce gun violence and create safer neighborhoods.