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South Bend Councilmembers want Anti-Terrorism committees reinstated


The bombings last week have local leaders taking a closer look at security policies.

The South Bend Common Council is thinking ahead to some of the major events happening in the area this spring and summer and say now is the time to make sure everyone's ready.

"It's great for us to take a closer look. No one can ever be too safe," says South Bend Common Councilman Oliver Davis.

Davis, along with other councilmembers sent a letter to South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph Counties, asking for the reinstatement of the joint anti-terrorism committees, established in 2003.

"Look at the lessons from this past week and see how they apply to current legislation and current practices here in South Bend to see if we need to upgrade, are we on target? Where do we need to go?" says Davis.

This, before some major events that bring people from all over, to Michiana, like Notre Dame commencement, the Sunburst races and Summerfest.

Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood says the city was taking the proper precautions, long before receiving the South Bend Council's letter.

"Whether a national event occurs in a major city or not, We are spending hundreds of thousands of hours a month and a year, training for all kinds of scenarios," says Wood.

Residents are on board with taking a closer look at safety measures, but they also say citizens are a big piece of the equation.

Ron Suver/Mishawaka says, "It could be wise to look closer, but also I don't want things to get so tight that we can't enjoy the events. I think a better option is to look at who's around you and pay attention," says Mishawaka resident, Rob Suver.

South Bend resident Al Ladyga says, "I think too often, we just let things go by and we walk by things that are happening and we just don't pay any attention."

The Councilmembers who sent out the letter Monday are asking for a response from leaders.

If they don't hear back, they'll offer up a new resolution.

The joint anti-terrorism committees established in 2003 have not been meeting.

The councilmembers say that's their goal, to get that going again, especially in light of what's happened.

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