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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...