- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus authorities say they’re increasing the number of police officers on patrol.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1RQDpms) the Columbus Police Department says in a statement that officers will be conducting “heavy patrols” in areas where recent shootings and other violence have occurred.

The increase in patrols began this weekend and will continue for the next two.

In a news release Friday, Mayor Robert Smith said they’ll be adding four more patrol officers during the weekend in those areas.

Interim Police Chief Fred Shelton told the newspaper Thursday that one of the areas where patrols would be increased is around Genesis Daycare on 23rd Street North. Genesis went on lockdown Jan. 7 after employees heard gunshots fired outside the building. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.



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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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