WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — President Biden made his way to the Diamond City Tuesday to visit Wilkes University and speak about his “Safer America Plan” and much more.

President Biden made his first of three trips to Pennsylvania when he visited Wilkes-Barre, Tuesday. Eyewitness News had live coverage of this event and is continuing to follow his visit with live team coverage.

President Biden says his ‘Safer America Plan’ will make the streets of our communities safer. He spoke for about 40 minutes.

Mr. Biden told the crowd of about 250 people that fighting crime has to be a top priority. His Safer America plan commits some $37BIL to support law enforcement, which includes hiring 100,000 police officers nationwide. He also says that banning assault weapons has to be part of the effort.

Here’s some of what the President had to say about crime fighting in America.

“In the united states of America. Over 26,000 by suicide. When guns are the number one killer, listen to this one, guns are the number one killer of children in America. Of children, they’re number one. More children die from guns than active duty police and active duty military personnel combined. My plan also takes common sense action to reduce gun violence and violence overall the bills and the progress we made this summer when I signed into law the bipartisan safer communities act, the most significant gun safety law we passed in 30 years, it took 30 years.”

President Biden met with local officials including Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown and Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and also called for more bipartisan efforts to help fight crime.