Thursday, October 06, 2016 12:55 AM

GREESON: THREE YEARS AND COUNTING, VRI STILL HAS MASSIVE HOLES

Jay Greeson Jay Greeson Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press. The Violence Reduction Initiative began in the fall of 2013. The first "call-in" for gang members was in spring 2014. Yeah, I know, it feels like the Cousin Eddie who sits in our driveway, living from his RV and pumping sewage into our storm sewers. The first thing that comes to mind is that it's amazing that we've been using this unsuccessful plan for this long. Did the VRI get tenure? If so, we may never get rid of the tug-of-war program that asks for more and delivers less. We've heard how the VRI needs more from this agency or that, whether it's the police or a social service agency or the community at large. There is no shortage of misery to be shared for the big bucks spent and the lack of big impact the VRI has produced. We have a great police chief, a man who may be the best at his job in city government, and the VRI is easily the biggest smudge on his stellar resume. We have a diligent district attorney. Claims of his lack of commitment to the VRI have been political cover ...

News source: Times Free Press

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