Tippecanoe County picked to pilot statewide gang prevention program

Tippecanoe County is taking center stage in the efforts to stop gang violence throughout Indiana. The county was chosen to be the first to take part in a gang tracking pilot program put on by the Indiana State Police. (WXIN-TV FOX59 / May 18, 2011)

Tippecanoe County is taking center stage in the efforts to stop gang violence throughout Indiana. The county was chosen to be the first to take part in a gang tracking pilot program put on by the Indiana State Police. They'll work with local and federal authorities to create a way to share data on gangmembers to law enforcement agencies across the state.

State Senator Brandt Hershman (R) said Tippecanoe County was a logical choice.

"Tippecanoe County is facing some of the same challenges that communities across the state of Indiana are with respect to the growth of gang-related violence," Hershman said.

$300,000 from the ISP general operating budget will be used to help fund the program.