Youngstown Kicking Off Violence Interruption Patrols

Law enforcement agents will be out in full force in Youngstown starting this weekend.

Thirteen departments are taking part in the 2013 Violence Interruption Patrols.

Officials decided to kick off the program earlier this year to find and keep the criminals off the streets.

The program will focus on getting guns out of the hands of the city’s youth.

Last year, they made 269 arrests, seized 54 guns and completed 916 traffic and pedestrian stops.

“We want to make sure the public knows what we’re doing out there. We’re not there to harass people,” said Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley. “We’re there to defend their right to go out there and live in their neighborhood and that’s what we’re here for.”

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department is taking part in the patrols for the first time. Foley said having the jail fully operational will be an asset this summer.

 

 

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