BREAKING NEWS: EPD Press Conference-Money Used in 2018 To Fight Gang Activity

first_imgAmanda PorterReporter and Anchor for 44News FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Officials say money will be allocated in 2018 to fund a gang task force in Evansville after recent violent crimes lead the city into the New Year.The gang task force will be split into two units, an intelligence unit, and an outreach unit with out reach programs where EPD meets with parents and kids likely, or known to partake in gang activity in an effort to prevent the kids from becoming apart of the criminal justice system, or victims of crimes themselves.Mayor Winnecke, Evansville Police Chief Bolin, and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding all came together in a press conference to talk about what the city plans to do about violent crimes.Sheriff Wedding says there has been 19 murders in Evansville in 2017 alone, with 14 being killed with a gun.Evansville Police Chief Bolin says the department will continue building relationships with community outreach programs such as Coffee with a Cop.Chief Bolin says the shot spotter, a device alerting the public to gun shots fired in the area, shows violent crimes have increased and the suspects are getting younger and younger.That’s why in 2018, Mayor Winnecke says money will go towards improving the gang task force.“We have additional resources allocated to the gang task force, and those officers charged specifically with getting people who have gun, and drug, and gang activity background off the streets, that’s the biggest difference. this new allocation of resources will be dedicated to getting those people off the streets, and that is where we think we can make the biggest dent in reducing the number of violent crimes and murders in the community.”Officials says neighborhood watch groups can request officers to their neighborhoods, but the list is long.In 2017, E-P-D has responded to 827 shots fired calls and taken more than 480 guns off the street.Chief Bolin says these numbers shows how proactive the department is in getting guns, and violent criminals off the street.44News will have more details, and specifics of the conversation later tonight at 6 pm.last_img

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