Chattanooga's new police Chief Fred Fletcher says no dollar amount is too high to help save lives in our city.
This, after city council members voted Tuesday to award Hope for the Inner City $290,000 to assist with the Violence Reduction Initiative.
"If we can save one life, I'm not going to push a price tag on that," said Chief Fletcher.
That's Chief Fletcher's reaction after the non-profit Hope for the Inner City was awarded nearly $300,000 to help reduce crime in Chattanooga. That money comes straight from CPD's budget.
"We're a city of 170,000 people with a significant violence problem," said Chief Fletcher.
Hope for the Inner City tells us they plan to use the funds for mentoring services, job training, and emergency response - helping ex-offenders and gang members turn their lives around.
Chief Fletcher says of the four organizations who submitted bids to the city, Hope for the Inner City was by far the best to help police curb our city's violence.
"Their mission is to help us place at-risks people, these people that we identify, young people mostly, young men mostly, who are most at risk to violence, their job is to help us place these folks with services that will keep them from becoming victims or suspects of violence," said Chief Fletcher.
Wednesday, Chief Fletcher spoke at the Hixson council meeting on his efforts to reduce crime in Chattanooga. He says he wants more officers on the streets and there's a need for more neighborhood policing
"170,00 sets of eyes telling us what is out of place and what is dangerous in their neighborhoods and reporting that to us and allowing us to use our expertise and the tools provided by the city to address those problems," said Chief Fletcher.
The city of Chattanooga has helped about 50 people (including ex-offenders) find permanent jobs through the Violence Reduction Initiative.
By Jerry Askin