CITY PROPOSALChattanooga has sent a bid request for organizations to complete a gang assessment as part of a federal plan to combat gangs at a local level. Applicants should submit one original and six copies and one electronic copy of the proposal in a three-ring notebook. Proposals should be mailed to:Artie PrichardPurchasing Department101 E. 11th St. G13Chattanooga, TN 37402Key dates:* Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 3.* Interviews with selected consultants are tentatively set for Feb. 22 to Feb. 24.* The city anticipates to select a consultant and begin fee negotiations from Feb. 27 to Feb. 29.* The completed assessment is tentatively scheduled to be presented on Aug. 1.Scope of work:Among the issued to be addressed in the gang assessment proposal are:* Identify data sources to help assess gang issues and resources;* Identify most serious gang-related problems;* Identify target groups for prevention, intervention and suppression efforts
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond continues to stand by a controversial statement he made last week about gang members, despite flak from some community leaders.