Law enforcement agencies announce "Operation Pressure Point"

    City, state, and federal agencies are joining forces in a new law enforcement initiative that will target crime where and when it often occurs. Beginning this week, law enforcement leaders are launching “Operation Pressure Point.”

    City, state, and federal agencies are joining forces in a new law enforcement initiative that will target crime where and when it often occurs. Beginning this week, law enforcement leaders are launching “Operation Pressure Point.”

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    The program identifies and targets the most violent areas of the city. There will be more police in certain zones, and the agencies will pursue outstanding warrants and improve community relations.

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he’ll shift schedules in the department to put more officers in the 12 police districts with the most violent crime when they’re needed most.

    Ramsey: “Statistics show that during 2008, 64 percent of our homicides occurred April 1 through October 31.  And of these homicides 50 percent occurred between 4 pm and 8 am on Friday, Saturday, and early Sunday morning.”

    Ramsey says many pieces of the new initiative are already done to some extent, but he says the new formalized effort will be even more effective.

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