Philadelphia Police Department ramping up patrols areas hardest hit by gun violence

At least 100 additional officers will be deployed in North Philadelphia, Kensington and Germantown.

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Monday, January 9, 2023 10:33 am

Philadelphia police are stepping up patrol areas most affected by gun violence

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia Police Department is launching a new crime-fighting initiative starting Monday.

They will step up patrols in specific areas of the city most affected by gun violence.

At least 100 additional officers will be deployed in North Philadelphia, Kensington and Germantown.

These areas accounted for 43 percent of gun violence in Philadelphia last year.

The increase in patrols is part of a new plan to reduce crime.

The city’s fiscal 2023 budget of $5.8 billion includes $184 million for gun violence initiatives and an increase of nearly $30 million for the police department.

According to the City Controller, the city recorded 516 murders and nearly 2,200 shooting victims last year.

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