2009-07-02 / Local & State

State Troopers To Begin Patrols In Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police are beginning to patrol Harrisburg in the wake of a series of shootings.

Gov. Ed Rendell told a crowd of more than 300 concerned residents at a meeting Thursday night that he's ordered state troopers to help local police keep the peace in Pennsylvania's capital.

Since June 7, at least a dozen shootings have occurred in Harrisburg. There have been 10 homicides so far this year - more than the total for all of 2008.

Mayor Stephen Reed told the crowd he has authorized city police to put uniformed patrol officers on 12-hour shifts to deal with what he described as an emergency.

Reed said a separate unit will be rounding up people with outstanding warrants.

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