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APD plans to crack down on crime

March 28, 2006

Albany-- Albany's new Police Chief wants to beef up neighborhood patrols to crack down on crime and he promises to keep city leaders informed on his progress.

Chief James Younger will give regular police updates to city commissioners on crime statistics and ways to improve safety. At Tuesday's meeting, Younger told them about crime in the city's four districts including a recent rash of robberies, suspicious gang activity and burglaries.

Younger says 44 percent of burglaries occur in unlocked homes. He plans to increase public education through publice service announcements. He also wants to enhance neighborhood watch programs and restart the Crime Stoppers program.

To reduce crime, Younger plans to work with the State Patrol's aviation team on regular flyovers to watch out for criminals. Younger says a staffing shortage remains a major challenge. Right now, 17 officers are assigned to each district. That's 8 officers short per district.

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