YOUNGSTOWN - Focus is one of the key words for police Chief Rod Foley for 2013.
Foley said last week that he is hoping to run more focused patrols in neighborhoods in the upcoming year by taking advantage of crime data the department collects, so that officers can be where crimes are historically being committed.
Having officers patrol randomly is good for visibility, but Foley said he wants to strike a balance and also have them regularly check trouble areas in the city.
"I want to make sure we're doing both," Foley said.
Going into the last day of they year, the city ends 2012 with 26 homicides, up three from 23 recorded in 2011. However, the rate of murders slowed in the summer after the city instituted Violence Interdiction Patrols throughout the city. There were 15 homicides in Youngstown through the second week of June before the patrols.
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