Law enforcement, government leaders gather for crime summit

Governor, senators among those in attendance for closed-door meeting

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Published: Jan 30 2013 04:19:16 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:49:27 PM EST
Crime summit room
WYOMISSING, Pa. -

Growing concerns about violent crime in Berks County brought together elected leaders and law enforcement officials from all levels of government Friday.

Gov. Tom Corbett and U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey were among the approximately 28 individuals who gathered at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Wyomissing for the Berks County and Greater Reading Crime Summit.

The meeting was closed to the public and the media so that the officials could discuss sensitive law enforcement-related strategies.

"I've recommended the city and county take a look at the program that was grassroots-driven by the businesses in Blair County and the city of Altoona," said Corbett.

The summit agenda was designed to clarify the types of violent crime via trends and statistics, as well as review and vet real strategies and proposals to combat and address these crimes, said Commissioner Christian Leinbach, R-Berks Co.

“I think today’s crime summit was an important first step in helping to identify issues both on the federal and state level to combat this problem," said Toomey. "I’m looking forward to working with this group of community leaders, as we continue this dialogue, to help bring about meaningful change to the city and to the Berks County region."