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Baltimore police to increase street patrols amid historic spike in violence

Baltimore police to increase street patrols amid historic spike in violence

In an effort to stem Baltimore's tide of violence, police commanders plan to send as many as 250 officers who are normally assigned to desk jobs and specialized support units out to patrol some of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Beginning Thursday and lasting through the end of the year, as many as 80 of those officers per day will serve in "corridor roadway," "foot patrol" and "stationary post" assignments under a "Community Stabilization Initiative," Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday.

"Certainly the violence has defined Baltimore in 2015, particularly post-unrest," Davis said. "So what we've asked our...

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