Combating Violent Crime
Gainesville City Commission approved the police department's request for money to fund a violent crime task force on Monday.Â The group of 12 officers will work overtime and pay confidential informants to pursue violent criminals in the community.Â The money is coming from the department's contraband seizure fund.
Police say they still had to get the commission's approval to spend the cash.Â Although the number of armed robberies has gone up in recent years, police say only certain people are being targeted.
"If you are a non-drug selling member of the community, the odds of you getting hit on a home invasion robbery is almost nil," Lt. Keith Kameg with the Gainesville Police Department said.
The task force leader says his squad's job is never done.Â He says even when they arrest a repeat offender, the court system often letes them back on the streets.Â They say keeping them behind bars is their number one objective.
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