published Friday, April 5th, 2013

Chattanooga: Gang Task Force to be dismantled

Boyd Patterson
Boyd Patterson
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga’s Gang Task Force will be discontinued, its leader said Friday.

Boyd Patterson, co-coordinator of the task force, said he was told Friday by incoming mayoral chief of staff Travis McDonough that the task force effort is ending.

In a statement, Mayor-elect Berke said his public safety plan “will include a public safety coordinator, responsible for helping implement [the mayor’s] vision for the reduction of crime in Chattanooga.

“While the plan will address gang-related issues, and particularly gang violence, it will not include the Gang Task Force.

“The Mayor-elect appreciates Boyd Patterson and Fred Houser for their passion, hard work, and dedication to our city.”

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