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Albany officials discuss plans to deal with city violence

June 20, 2018 05:30 AM

Albany's mayor and police chief held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to address a recent spike in violent crimes in the city.

So far this year, the city has seen 21 shootings, including six last month and already six this month. That includes a homicide on Livingston Avenue. Police say they expect to make an arrest in that investigation in the near future.

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Acting Chief Robert Sears says you'll see police on foot, bicycles and in patrol cars, aiming to stop gun violence in the city.

Sears said people in the city of Albany will see an increase in police presence. He says at least six to eight extra officers will be out on the streets looking to prevent instances of violence from happening. There could be more or less depending on the time of day. He says it's difficult to identify where violence may happen, because it's often between people who know each other and get into a dispute and then something violent happens.

Sears says officers will now be going door-to-door after incidents in an effort to encourage dialogue with people who live in the surrounding area. He also asked anyone with information about violent crimes to contact Capital Region Crime Stoppers anonymously either through their P3 Tips mobile app or by calling 1-833-ALB-TIPS.

Mayor Sheehan said there's no single street in the city of Albany where gun violence is acceptable. However, she said they are focusing on the West Hill neighborhood in particular -- not only with police, but also with Code Enforcement and General Services in an effort to reduce violent crimes that are happening there.

She also said there's a big push to try to get the people in those areas involved in the workforce as well.

Acting Chief Sears said so far, there have been 40 gun seizures in the city this year. All of them have been illegal weapons.

He says these proactive gun seizures helped prevent instances of violent crimes from happening. He also encouraged people who know about a loved one, friend, or significant other who has an illegal weapon to report it to Crime Stoppers. Again, the number is 1-833-ALB-TIPS.


MORE INFORMATION: Capital Region Crime Stoppers

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