Moorhead, Minn. (July 7, 2015) – Today at the Radisson Hotel Fargo, The Chamber hosted its monthly Eggs & Issues event. Guest speakers were the three area police chiefs David Ebinger from Moorhead, Michael Reitan from West Fargo and David Todd from Fargo. Each discussed with the crowd recent crime incidents, gang activity, safety concerns and what is being done to address them.
Over 125 attendees gathered and learned who the major players are in known area gangs and even saw actual photos and social media messages members have posted. Statistics were shared, which served as proof that each city is growing fast, and while there is lots of good that comes with a higher population, there is also some bad that comes too.
“Where you have guns, you have drugs and you have cash,” Ebinger said of the drug trade in Moorhead. He highlighted what the police are doing, along with the drug taskforces to control trafficking in the city. This includes how they were able to seize approximately $211,000 worth of street value methamphetamine in just two days thanks to solid police work.
Each police chief also mentioned the need for new officers. As an example, Moorhead saw a 72.6% increase in calls for service over the past 10 years, but in the same time period, only had an 8% increase in sworn officers. “We do not have the resources to address the issues that are coming at us at an exponential rate,” Ebinger commented.
Attendees also heard how each city is working together to address the issues we’re all seeing. “Crime prevention is a community effort,” Reitan said.
Eggs & Issues is an event The Chamber launched in January 2015 as a monthly forum to offer engaged community members an opportunity to stay in the know about important current events and legislation. Each month, a topic and speaker is selected to address issues that are timely and relevant as part of our advocacy and public policy efforts. For more information on upcoming topics, please visit www.fmfwchamber.com.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.