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Mayor forms crime task force

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By The Staff

Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez is proposing the creation of a task force to identify the root causes of crime and recommend strategies to deal with them.

The idea came soon after a man allegedly killed another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

“Our community has come together in an unprecedented fashion over the past couple of weeks with concern over the surge of violence and crime in Las Vegas,” Marquez said in a statement. “I ask the city of Las Vegas Police Department to step up their visibility and step up law enforcement.”

The committee will review crime statistics, crime prevention strategies, promote Neighborhood Watch and other public safety programs and make recommendations to the City Council to ensure appropriate funding for these services.

“It is time for local leadership to unify and work together and not point fingers but rather offer solutions and resolve,” Marquez said.

The mayor is proposing the task force include the city police chief, a representative of the district attorney’s office, a representative of the Sheriff’s Department, a local state lawmaker, a representative of the state police, a member of the City Council, a member of the San Miguel County Commission and three residents from the community at large.