Youngstown to start saturation patrols

Youngstown to start saturation patrols

YOUNGSTOWN — Trying to reduce violent crime, the city will start a three-month police-saturation program Tuesday, introduce a community crime-reduction patrol and extend a gunshot-location system.

Police Chief Rod Foley said today that a Violence Interruption Patrols [VIP] program will run from Tuesday to Sept. 2. The program — similar to other saturation patrols — will include city, Mahoning County, state and federal law enforcement officials. The program will target high-crime areas, focusing on deterrence, parole and probation violation sweeps and gang-related violence, he said.

Also, the city is starting a new Community Initiative to Reduce Violence program. The goal is to bring give younger people alternatives to violence.

Foley also wants to extend a contract, that expires June 30, by six months for the ShotSpotter program. The program is supposed to pinpoint where shots are fired, but has met with mixed results, Foley said.

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