Walker, Hamilton counties partner to fight gang crimes
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with law enforcement officials in Hamilton County, Tenn., n its Chattanooga Area Gang Enforcement (CAGE) unit.
Boyd Patterson, CAGE’s “gang czar” with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, approached Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson with the initiative’s concept several months ago.
“We know that the state line does not stop any criminal activity,” Wilson said, “We are seeing some influx of gang members into the northern end of the county. We feel as though they are using (northern Walker County) as a hiding place at times when they are being flushed out of Hamilton County and the Chattanooga area.”
The resolution will be signed by Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell and voted upon by Hamilton County commissioners next week.
The team also includes law enforcement personnel from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Chattanooga Police Department, so far.