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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown Police Department is reassessing the way it deploys it's manpower to fight crime in the city.

The department is making moves to keep up with the changing population and neighborhoods.

Officer Joe Moran says he's been working with the police force for more than a decade, and in that time the "dynamic" of the beats have changed.

While there has been a decrease in most violent crimes, the number of routine calls that take up a large portion of officers' time have grown.

"You can get to a point where we're out of police cars, everybody is on a priority call, an arrest, a crash with injuries, and you run from call to call," Moran says.

Because of these changes, the police department is taking a closer look at what officers on the street are dealing with, and wondering if some of their beats should be reworked. 

Captain Jason Simon of the Youngstown Police Department is spear-heading the project.

He says it's been 15 years since police routes were last analyzed. In that time the number of officers has dropped, population of the city has changed and shifted, but the police beats haven't.

"Potentially adding more officers to an area or making the area smaller for the officer to patrol so they are getting to their calls more quickly, addressing their calls more quickly and being able to engage more of their free time in proactive crime fighting strategies," Simon says.

The YPD will consider not only the number of calls, but their severity before making any changes.

The analysis is expected to be complete by mid-summer.

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