July 25, 2018

I saw something profound today

I saw former gang members, convicted murderers, drug dealers—-those reformed men and women who now reach out to others as their penance for what they’ve taken in a previous, unrepentant life—-speak passionately and eloquently, pleading with the young men to take the help being offered. I saw some of these former criminals weep for the

July 25, 2018

Don’t worry, it’s not a set up

At that moment the entire room stood in unison. Almost immediately, a line formed to shake the hands of the men standing. Their once worrisome faces had turned to smiles. The moment turned surreal as I began looking around the room to see police officers and public officials talking with the men as if they

August 11, 2017

Chattanooga holds first VRI call-in since Mayor announces Roddy as Chief

Chattanooga held its 11th call-in since the Violence Reduction Initiative began in 2014 and the first since Mayor Andy Berke named Deputy Chief David Roddy Chattanooga’s top cop. Along with Chief Roddy, the meeting's speakers included Public Safety Coordinator Troy Rogers, a federal prosecutor, an attorney with the DA’s office, a former gang member, and a

News & Updates August 11, 2017

Chattanooga holds first VRI call-in since Mayor announces Roddy as Chief

Chattanooga held its 11th call-in since the Violence Reduction Initiative began in 2014 and the first since Mayor Andy Berke named Deputy Chief David Roddy Chattanooga’s top cop. Along with Chief Roddy, the meeting's speakers included Public Safety Coordinator Troy Rogers, a federal prosecutor, an attorney with the DA’s office, a former gang member, and a

June 1, 2015

The National Network Chronicle June 2015

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November 9, 2014

Don’t give up, Chattanooga’s anti-violence strategy will work

Read David Kennedy’s column about how the approach behind Chattanooga’s Violence Reduction Initiative works. “This is why Chattanooga VRI was developed. It remains the best—if still an imperfect—route to preventing violence and incarceration among those most likely to be touched by both; helping law enforcement to do their job in a way that does not harm, and instead strengthens the communities they serve; and supporting the community to step forward, stand together with law enforcement, and reset its own public safety standards,” Kennedy says. “We have yet to see a city where this has been done well and the streets have not responded—if not immediately, then sooner rather than later. Chattanooga is, and will be, no different.”