Sunday, October 09, 2016 12:49 AM

COOPER: VRI STILL HAS POTENTIAL

Mayor Andy Berke is shown at his reelection announcement last month. Mayor Andy Berke is shown at his reelection... Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press. Document: General Pinkston letter to City Council in response to VRI Attached is a letter General Pinkston sent to the City Council in response to their request for his perspective of what is going wrong with VRI. Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher addresses gang violence reduction efforts with the City Council on Tuesday. Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher addresses gang violence... Photo by Paul Leach /Times Free Press. The jury is still out on Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative. Some in the city believe the mayor should shut it down - that it's a failure because shootings and murders haven't dropped dramatically. Just last week, City Council members asked tough questions about how to measure the success of the social services program - for which they've been paying $290,000 annually - associated with the initiative. But proponents insist there is no quick fix and point to a 24-year trend of falling violent crime in High Point, N.C., where the High Point Intervention - the program on which VRI is based - ...

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