- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - One day after a public discussion about a surge in violent crime in Mobile, the city’s police chief has announced a new operation focused on combatting the problem.

Under Operation H.E.A.T. - which stands for Heightened Enforcement and Apprehension Tactics - police will be conducting safety checkpoints, probation checks, curfew enforcement, and more to reduce gun violence.

Mobile Police Chief James Barber announced the operation in a news release Thursday, calling the recent violence “senseless and indiscriminate.” There have already been 33 homicides in the city this year, 10 more than all of 2015.

At a community forum Wednesday, Barber stressed the importance of getting the public to identify potential problems and alert them to police. Police are working on a smartphone app to allow students to report those issues.

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