Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong joined members of both city councils Thursday in Lincoln to collaborate on how to combat gangs.
Omaha is believed to have around 3,000 gang members while Lincoln has about 900. "If you don't pay any attention to [gangs] and you just let them ride, all of a sudden you've got a huge problem and you're never going to get your hands around it," said Chief Peschong.
Lincoln is looking to add uniformed officers and is applying for a grant. "I believe that recognizing that you've got some problems that need to be addressed, putting the resources there to address that and try to deal with those early on is going to pay you dividends," added Peschong.
Chief Schmaderer spoke with Peschong about what Omaha has done to fight gang-related crime, including taking a community-action based approach and installing secret security cameras.
Peschong said LPD routinely reaches out to OPD, but this meeting was more for the councils' benefit.