WARREN, Ohio - As the man murdered in a Warren shootout is laid to rest, Warren city leaders plan to swear-in two new police officers to help patrol the streets.
Mayor Doug Franklin also tells 21 News that the city's administration has also put a plan of action in place, which includes working with neighboring law enforcement agencies to beef up patrols on city streets.
The November 11th deadly shootout in downtown Warren, involving some serious firepower, led to the arrests of two men from Detroit.
And it's that violent crime that has city leaders reevaluating how to take advantage of all the resources the area has available when it comes to law enforcement.
One critical step begins almost immediately, hiring more officers to patrol the streets.
Mayor Franklin says, "We're swearing-in two officers tomorrow and we're working on next year's budget where we hope to add four more. So we're working diligently within the budget that we have, and looking forward to next year to add more officers. It's just as important that the public knows we're also working with agencies around our community to help us, and we're helping them as well, because crime knows no boundaries. So it's important to have these relationships, these mutual aid agreements with outside agencies in other jurisdictions so that we can work together and make an impact on the crime."
The mayor also says they are organizing some other strategies, including saturation patrols, but they want to keep details under wraps for now.
The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department, that works hand in hand with Warren police, had to take additional precautions on Monday to make sure more violence didn't occur as a result of that deadly gun battle.
Sheriff's deputies received credible threats that forced them to shut down the road in front of the county courthouse on Monday as the two suspects in the case were scheduled to appear before a judge.
Lieutenant Pete Lucic, with the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department, says, "We're very fortunate. I would like to think that it's because of the precautions we took that nothing happened. But certainly had something taken place, we had the manpower in place to take action and hopefully prevent anyone from getting hurt."
Warren's mayor says the idea is to send a message to the bad guys that the drugs, guns and violence won't be tolerated in Warren.
City Councilman Bob Dean agrees, "This is not the bad guys town, it's not their good deal. We have to make it as uncomfortable for them as we possibly can."