Trying to head off crime in North and West Philadelphia hot spots
Philadelphia Police commissioner Charles Ramsey has unveiled a plan to tackle crime in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods today. The new plan kicks in now since crime patterns change in the summer.
It’s called Operation Pressure Point because a task force of federal, state, and local police agencies are targeting city’s most dangerous neighborhoods at the most dangerous times. Areas in North and West Philadelphia will see a lot more law enforcement this summer and fall, especially on the weekends.
District Attorney Seth Williams says this is the intelligent way to fight crime.
Williams: This is an example of being smart on crime, of us using our limited resources on those communities that are most violent, those that are in the most need of the most police services, and the most cooperation from these agencies. I believe that Philadelphians in general, and those most specifically in these districts will feel a great impact as a result of this new operation.
This is the second year of Operation Pressure Point. City police credit last year’s operation with major reductions in murders and other crime over the summer.