“Make sure we’re on track, make sure we’re following the strategy correctly. As you know, none of us have ever done this before. John Jay does that with communities that launch a similar program. They go out and spend two or three years with you. Keep things moving and keep things on track,” Settingsgaard says.
Settingsgaard says the grant would help local law enforcement collect and analyze data. Late last year law enforcement officials cracked down on members of Peoria's Bomb Squad Gang with significant charges for some and warnings for others. But Settingsgaard says the group has resurfaced and continues to commit crimes with firearms. He says officials are preparing for a second call-in targeting the Bomb Squad and another area-gangs.