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Chatham Co. Commissioners unanimously approve spending to use gang database

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

With no hesitation, Chatham County Commissioners approved spending that will allow local law enforcement to load a new tool to help the battle against Savannah gangs.

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap will now use $25,000 seized from criminals to help pay for a new gang database.

Heap said she’s excited to bring this new technology in, at no expense to taxpayers, and said training is already planned for this November to prepare officers on how to use it.

The Commission voted to use the money unanimously.

Heap said she has assigned one of her prosecutors to deal directly with the gang database information, and Metro police has assigned a detective to the system.

The same database is used by Atlanta police. And from 20-2 to 2013, Atlanta's ability to get convictions against gang members jumped from 70 percent to 100 percent.

"We've got to attack this gun violence. I think along with the program, or initiative that Chief Lumpkin and I are starting, it's another tool. I think it will only help and increase our chances of stopping the violence,” said Heap.

The program costs $100,000. Half of that is picked up by the state, while the rest is split between the DA's Office, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, CNT and the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

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