SUMMERVILLE — A police rapid response team has been given a tentative go-ahead by Town Council, to help with recent trouble “hot spots” including the shooting-plagued in the Robynwyn community.
The team will get a test run in this town next year. The concern is about gangs or gang-wannabes, in a place that still clings to a hard-pressed, genteel small town ambience.
A police community rapid response team focuses on an area when violence erupts, saturating coverage and backing up patrols. It’s a police method more often associated with urban areas.
The town will pay up to $200,000 in 2014 in overtime for current officers to do the job, adding about $68,000 to the department’s proposed overtime budget. The money will come from the planned budget or hospitality tax revenues.