Rochester turns to old tactic to curb street crime

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October 24, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Police in Rochester are resurrecting an anti-crime initiative in an effort to stem a rise in gang-related shootings in the city this year.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (http://on.rocne.ws/S3Fcor ) that Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said Tuesday that the department is reinstalling a form of Operation Ceasefire, a strategy to break up the gangs and curb street violence.

The program teams up city police officers with state troopers, sheriff's deputies and federal agents and puts them on the streets of Rochester where gang activity is heaviest.

The move comes in response to a nearly 80 percent increase in nonfatal shootings this year in Rochester, many of them blamed on feuding street gangs.

The Operation Ceasefire tactic was first used in Rochester in October 2003 and has been renewed a few times since then.
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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com 

Associated Press 2012