HOPE for "Operation Ceasefire"-- an initiative to tackle crime in one of Jacksonville's most violent neighborhoods. Families whose lives have been changed forever -- are praying this program succeeds. 3 KILLED: "It's children who are so young and won't get to experience life. And these criminals are taking their lives away like it's nothing, like they're God and they're not.") 3 Emotion coming from the aunt of this 14-year-old girl, Megan Simmons. This is a picture of Megan with her mother... The teen died last August when the home she was in was sprayed with bullets. 3 Police say Megan, along with her 13-year-old friend Jazmine Shelton, were caught in the crossfire of a drug-related crime. The Sheriff says those are the types of crimes he's determined to stop. Tonight, we're taking a closer look at "Operation Ceasefire"... even walking the streets where its suppose to have the most impact. That's in Zone 5, which covers the northwest and mid-west areas of Jacksonville. Gun violence there, went up by 43-percent just in the last year. But because of "operation ceasefire," in one month, officers have confiscated 10 illegal weapons... 381 grams of cocaine, 156 grams of marijuana and they've made several arrests. Channel 4's Hailey Winslow joins us now live from Jacksonville police headquarters.. Hailey, after talking to victims of violence, do they think "operation ceasefire" will work? 3 3 3 00-0630-361:42-1:44 10 months of agony and no one held responsible... for the killing of Megan Simmons shot innocently during a sleepover at her friend's house in Biltmore... Simmons would've turned 15 last month. ...the underlying motive for the shooting, deputies say was drugs...which they attribute as the source to nearly every crime in Northwest and mid-west Jacksonville ...now encompassed by JSO's new initiative "Operation Ceasefire" ...aimed at cracking down on violence. Councilwoman violence. Councilwoman Denise Lee and I walked the streets and she pointed out the problem - BLIGHT - which includes criminals and the way many here live their lives... ... Operation Ceasefire includes catching crooks on cameras - set up and moved around in target areas ... Police also plan to knock on 18,000 doors...hoping for information to help solve and prevent crime... ...Simmons' family says the other solution to stopping violence, is better parenting... 3 3 3 Hailey, yesterday Sheriff Rutherford said crime in Jacksonville is at the lowest level it's been in 40 years, but he says we've gotten complacent... What does councilwoman Lee say about that? In 2006, the city launched a similar initiative called, "Operation Safe Streets." During that time, police collected 82 illegal guns and made 79 arrests. "Operation Safe Streets" ENDED because funding was cut, and the city couldn't afford to pay the officers' overtime. The following year, there were 12 more murders than the year before... and 13 more shootings involving police.