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Aug. 2, 2019

U.S. Attorney to Form Joint Task Force in Pensacola, Provide PPD Training

The United States Attorney's Office has accepted a formal request from the City of Pensacola to form a task force to address gun violence and provide training for Pensacola Police Department personnel, in an effort to maintain public safety and stop gun violence in Pensacola.

Mayor Grover Robinson, Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter and City Administrator Chris Holley sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe on July 26 requesting federal assistance with creating a proactive joint task force, similar to those established in Tallahassee and Gainesville. 

"Our first priority in the City of Pensacola is maintaining a high level of public safety for our citizens, and this action reflects that concern and commitment," Mayor Robinson said. "We are extremely grateful for U.S. Attorney Keefe's timely response and willingness to support our efforts to address gun violence in our community as well as provide critical training for the dedicated men and women of the Pensacola Police Department. Our goal is to get illegal guns and the criminals who use them off the streets of Pensacola, and this cooperative action will help us achieve that end."

Mayor Robinson, Chief Lyter and other city officials will be meeting with task force stakeholders next week to work on finalizing details of the task force and outlining goals and objectives. As the new task force begins its operations, updates will be provided as appropriate, but specific operational details that may undermine the safety or integrity of the operation will not be shared. 

Click here to read the city's letter to U.S. Attorney Keefe.

Click here to read the response.
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