Gang Violence Reduction Initiatives

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V.R.I.: A Long Term Solution to an Immediate Problem Our country was built so the people could have a voice, but when did the people get so impatient? The Violence Reduction Initiative (V.R.I.) was put into effect in March of 2014 and is supposed to slowly chip away at gang violence in Chattanooga Tennessee. Two years later an abundance of people have seemed to give up hope. The tax payers are seeing more and more of their money going into the initiative, but no reduction of gang violence. Mayor Andy Berke still has complete faith in the V.R.I. even with multiple city councilmen against him. What they do not understand though, is that completely diminishing gang violence is no easy task, but with these three tactics it may not be as hard…show more content…
These task force are effective but extremely dangerous to the officers that are in them. Statistic of how many officers. In Jackson Mississippi they have begun educating their officers on gang related tattoos and piercings. This has helped to recognize different gangs in prisons and keep them separated. One other city with the same Violence Reduction Initiative as Chattanooga has reported it as a great success. Birmingham Alabama is about 50,000 people larger than Chattanooga. The cities gang violence steadily decreased from 2010 to 2014 before increasing in 2015. Officials stated that the increase was expected, because the violence had started to diminish and had “nowhere else to go but back up.”(Wong,…show more content…
In Chattanooga the issue is growing and we need to take action. The Violence Reduction Initiative is a long term solution to an immediate problem. The violence is as high as its ever been, with over 20 gang related homicides a year There are an abundance of gang members attempting to escape the tyranny in their neighborhoods and all we have to do is present them with the opportunity. Maybe this solution will give the push this city needs, or at least clean up the streets long enough for the VRI to start showing
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