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Red Bank PD works hard to curb crime

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The Red Bank Police Department is still working to solve a drive-by shooting that wounded high school student Teddi Robinson in April.

The crime caught many people by surprise. Channel 3 decided to take a closer look at violent crime in Red Bank.

Chief Tim Christol says over the past two years he has seen a change in crime numbers. He says it is a combination of factors. Christol says as Chattanooga Police crack down on crime, it gets shifted to other communities like Red Bank. But he also says there is a renewed trust in his force and more people are reporting crimes to the department.

It was an act of violence that rattled the Red Bank community.

"You wonder why? What goes through someone's mind that they would, number one, shoot a teenage girl, or anybody for that matter? You just wonder why, what goes through people's minds," says Tim Harris, who lives off McCahill Road.

Eighteen-year-old Teddi Robinson was driving down McCahill Road last month when someone shot her, the bullet ripping through her arm and into her intestines.

"They've really violated our sense of community," says Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol.

Chief Christol says his detectives are still tracking leads in the case. Teddi is on the mend.

Chief Christol says in the last two and half years he has been in charge of the department, he has noticed a shift in crime.

"As they have more enforcement in a certain areas of Chattanooga, it displaces that crime to somewhere else," says Christol.

Channel 3 examined the numbers. Take aggravated assault, for example, up more than 60 percent over the last 3 years in Red Bank. There were 67 in 2012 compared to 41 in 2010. 

At the same time, Christol says a new focus means better police work.

"We've changed our focus dramatically over the last two years to be more proactive in what we're doing," he says.

As some areas of crime have jumped, so have the number of cleared cases. In 2010, Red Bank PD only solved 29 percent of crimes. That number jumped to 40 percent last year.

"Rebuilding the relationship with the community has been our number one concern," says Christol.

The number of calls sent through the dispatch center for Red Bank PD have increased from 14,000 to 22,000.

"About 50 percent of those are officer initiated events," he says.

He says his officers are blanketing the community.

"They're out making traffic stops, they're out checking businesses, checking residences."

In the meantime, he says it is a collective effort fighting 'spill-over' crime.

"We're working with the sheriff's office. We're working with the Chattanooga PD. We're working with all the other agencies in the area to try and figure out a way to address these problems," says Christol.

He says he is dedicated to keeping Red Bank safe.

"We care about this community and we're willing to put forth much more than 100 percent, to make sure that the community is safe."

As for Teddi, the latest face of a senseless crime, she is just happy to be alive.

"I don't want to think about how close it was. I mean, I'm happy I'm here," says Robinson.

There are some other positive trends to highlight in Red Bank. Property crimes are down 10 percent and both drug arrests and DUI arrests have increased by 400 percent over the last two years.

The Red Bank Police Department currently has 23 officers on the force. Christol says for the upcoming budget period, he is requested to add three more full time officers.

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