City Council members tonight threw unanimous support behind a key component of Mayor Andy Berke's public safety initiative when they approved a $240,000 expenditure to bring a nationally known criminologist to Chattanooga for help in implementing a new crime-fighting strategy.
Berke has said adopting the approach outlined in what is called the High Point Initiative will curb violent crime and shootings in the Scenic City. He proposed a contract with David Kennedy, who is with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The City Council also voted 7-2 to pay the International Association for Chiefs of Police $100,000 to do a top-to-bottom review of the Chattanooga Police department. Councilman Chip Henderson and Larry Grohn voted against the study.
See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.
Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...
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