The Return of the Gang and Drug Task Force?

Police Chief Steve Sweeney would like to add additional officers to help bring back a gang and drug unit to the department, but that decision will ultimately be up to the city council.

Resurrecting a police gang and drug task force has been a priority for city officials. That priority is now likely near the top of the city council's to-do list after the recent .

City officials are working to develop its next two-year budget, and will have to make tough decisions facing a $4 million deficit, Mayor John Marchand said. The council is scheduled to adopt its fiscal year 2012-2013 budget in June.

Police Chief Steve Sweeney says he would like to add additional officers to the department to help bring back a unit that would focus on drugs and gangs in town. The department currently has 83 officers on staff — down from the 95 officers employed in 2009.

"We're looking to add more resources to the police department if we can," Sweeney said. "In the meantime we are looking at better ways to reorganize (officers to cover) gang and drug issues."

Marchand said residents have voiced public safety to be their No. 1 priority.

"We will do everything we can," Marchand said of adding additional officers. "We may well have to shift resources from one department to another in order to accomodate that."

Meanwhile, met with Marchand and police to discuss the Easter shooting. Officials provided information on Neighborhood Watch groups and other resources to help residents.

"I wanted to bring the neighborhood together so that they can work together," Marchand said.

Sweeney also reminded residents that they are the eyes and ears of the city, and encouraged neighbors to report any suspicious activity and crime to the police department.

"We need your help," Sweeney said. "It’s really working together that keeps us a safe community."

If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood you can contact Nicole Aguon with the at 925-371-4978.

If you would like to join the Springtown/Vasco/Scenic area Neighborhood Watch, contact at katlaing@comcast.net.

Ken Rovasio June 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Wow, you sound very bitter. I hope you never need the LPD for anything! The LPD has done so much great stuff for the community and you are to blind to see it. They offer great programs to offer like having parents check to to see if there kids cars seat are in properly. They are out in the community helping raise money for many charity organizations. Most of all, they are protecting you and me weather you like it or not. So if you ever have your car broke into, a bike stolen or shot at by a gang member, do us all a favor and don't call our fantastic LPD!
Erick dison September 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I don't think its a good idea to get invold. Gangs fight gangs not other people. Getting invold and snitching could change that and put us in danger. Mined your buisness and they will mined theres. They only hate one thing more then there rivals and thats snitches. Just my thoughts on this subject. I mean better for bullets to be aimed at there enemies then me or my family.
Livermoronian May 08, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Their bullets don't always hit the intended target and then little kids on tricycles get hit. The last two shootings were right across the street from McDonald's where there are children coming and going. I think we need to be involved...deeply involved. Do you see how many little innocent children are getting shot and killed in Oakland, because they didn't have enough police to nip all that gang crap in the bud before it ran rampant. NO...we need to get involved, very involved. The sooner the better, before a stray bullet misses one of the intended targets and hits an innocent bystander. Snitch away...citizens of Livermore. We are a community that will not tolerate any of this. Be a part of the neighborhood watch and snitch, snitch, snitch on everything and everyone that you see that should, could and would need looking into.
Livermoronian May 08, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I was under the impression that the gang task force was already back! Plus, I can't believe that "NO" is winning over a "YES" vote. What kind of people are you that you are voting "NO"!!
Livermoronian May 10, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Oops...thank you, Smitty. It all makes sense now. The task force IS here and doing a great job!


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