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Violence Interruption Patrols to clean up streets

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Police are kicking off their "Violence Interruption Patrols" for the summer.

Thirteen additional law enforcement partners will hit the streets beginning Friday for the 4-month effort, using additional resources to keep the streets safe.

Along with federal, state and local police and prosecutors church pastors will also get involved by offering programs to keep young people involved in fun activities and out of trouble.

"We're trying to change the behavior of our youth and younger adults, that carrying firearms is not appropriate behavior and to think twice about taking it outside the house," says Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley.

The program resulted in more than 900 traffic stops last year. During the 4-month period, more than 250 arrests and 54 guns were taken off of the streets.

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