Youngstown Summer Crime Initiative Starts Tuesday

Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley

Youngstown, Ohio Police Chief Rod Foley announced today that city police and a number of local and federal agencies, including Youngstown Police VICE Unit, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Law Enforcement Task Force; have teamed up to combat violent crime activity in the area during the summer months.

The  initiative, named “Violence Interruption Patrols (or VIP),” takes aim at criminal activities involving local gangs and complements the US Attorney’s Office V-GRIP program.

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About the Mahoning Valley Task Force Collaborative ( is a collaborative effort between the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets & Gang Unit Initiative; the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a HIDTA initiative; the FBI Crimes Against Children (CAC); and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. The group's overall goal is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs, degrade drug trafficking organizations, and remove dangerous predators from our community through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.

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