Chattanooga’s Street Crime Team on Hold For Now
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Chattanooga Police Department will not immediately replace the 11 members of the Street Crimes team who abruptly asked to leave the unit earlier this month.
Media outlets report that police had planned to bring in a new Street Crimes team by the end of October, but Chief Fred Fletcher says that process will be delayed by 30 to 60 days so police can review the unit’s practices, deployment and organization.
Fletcher says the hiring process will likely start in early 2016. He says he has no intention of getting rid of the Street Crimes team.
The Street Crimes team was originally created as the Crime Suppression Unit in 2007 and was meant to attack crime trends. When Fletcher took office, the team’s focus shifted to neighborhood policing.