Little Rock police add patrols as city sees rise in violence
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Police Department is adding four patrol units to high-crime areas following the city’s deadliest month this year.
Interim Police Chief Alice Fulk announced Saturday that four officers will start working overtime shifts in areas with high concentrations of shootings or other crimes, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The city had 10 deaths in November as the result of violence, including three last week.
Fulk called the recent rise in gun violence troubling, but said Little Rock’s homicide numbers are still far from the 55 deaths reported last year.
The department will use data to determine areas where shootings, homicides, robberies and drug deals are more concentrated, she said. But the purpose of the additional patrols isn’t to make arrests or issue tickets for traffic stops, littering and other minor criminal activity, Fulk said.
“Our goal is not only to prevent but to reduce violent crime,” Fulk said. “I want to make sure the community understands our purpose is not to re-victimize the community.”
She hopes that the effort will also help officers build relationships in neighborhoods.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com