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Chattanooga police get good marks on review

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - All levels of Chattanooga Police Department staff display a "high level of commitment and pride in their work," according to a $100,000 top-to-bottom review of the department's management and operations by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The six-month review, released Friday, was part of a $340,000 plan to cut crime here that was approved by the City Council in October 2013.

"We have an incredible police department," said Fred Fletcher, who is set to be sworn in June 12 as Chattanooga's police chief, in a news release. "Through this strategic review, Mayor [Andy] Berke has made an investment in our future -- providing us the tools to drive our police force to the next level."

However, the study also indicates that crime levels are high, and robberies and aggravated assaults -- primarily shootings -- have increased. It recommends the department increase its focus on crime prevention and reduction and on building trust and community engagement.

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