On Tuesday, Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey met with Chester Mayor John Linder, District Attorney Jack Whelan, and other figures at Widener University to discuss Chester’s gun violence problem and how to address it.
So far this year, there have been thirteen homicides. All but one of them were caused by shootings—that’s more than twice the number at this time last year. Toomey has pledged to seek federal grants that could help fund additional security measures, and may also turn to federal agencies to see if they can provide extra manpower.
“The uptick in gun violence prompted law enforcement officials to launch ‘Operation City Surge,’ a five-tier initiative that includes the return of state police patrols and boosts SEPTA Transit Police patrols. The initiative combines the resources of city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies,” writes reporter John Kopp.