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Linn County task force to address violent crime

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Linn County law enforcement will team up with federal officials to help address violent crimes,  local law enforcement announced at a press conference Wednesday.

As temperatures continue to rise, so too, typically do occurrences of violent crimes

"It was clearly evident to us that our crime was becoming more violent," Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham said.

That's why law enforcement in Cedar Rapids is taking a proactive imitative to target organized violent crime and repeat offenders with its new Safe Streets Task Force.

It's a program that has helped keep violent criminals off the streets in communities across the country.

"There have been some communities through the safe streets task forces that literally reclaim neighborhoods that have been taken over by gangs," FBI Special Agent Weysan Dun said.

The concept combines the FBI's and other federal agencies' experience and resources with the familiarity of the local law enforcement to address gang, drug, and violent crimes.

"It was the information sharing between the organizations that was most attractive," Graham said.

Graham says the federal funding received to increase presence in the neighborhood also makes the program a good fit.

Graham says the task force will be a crucial step in a continued effort to make neighborhoods safer in cedar rapids and the rest of Linn County

He also looks from continued support from the community.

"I applaud the community for finally standing up and saying we're not going to tolerate this any more. We're going to work with the police, we're going to work with each other and make the neighborhoods better and safer," Graham said

The task force was formally organized in December.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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