MUNSTER | An interlocal agreement between the three Ridge communities’ police departments will set up a violence reduction initiative task force that better addresses crime along the Ridge Road corridor caused by gangs and narcotics.
At a special meeting Friday, the Munster Town Council approved a resolution authorizing council president David Nellans and David Shafer, Munster clerk-treasurer, to execute the interlocal agreement on behalf of the town and its police department.
The interlocal agreement outlines the mission of the task force as “to use concentrated efforts to proactively patrol areas experiencing a significant increase in violent criminal activity attributed to both gangs and narcotics.”
The task force will focus on data collected by the three participating police departments and will be staffed by officers from police departments working in a scheduled part-time basis.
“These officers will serve in an overtime capacity, devoting time in addition to their regular shifts to participate in this initiative,” according to the agreement.
“This program will not lessen the degree of patrols in any one community, but only serve to enhance the efforts of all three communities in designated target areas,” the agreement states.
An existing $35,000 grant from the Criminal Justice Institute will pay for overtime expenses.
“It’s a very good action to have the three communities working together,” said Nellans. “We need to come together to solve the problem of crime along Ridge Road.”