Manpower: Elyria Police hope to Curb Violence by Beefing Up Patrols

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ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Elyria Police said they are stepping up patrols to prevent more violence, saturating the downtown area and zone in on hot spots.

Police Chief Duane Whitely said the crime wave began back in February and they hope to stop things before it gets any worse.

So far six people have been shot and several others injured.

The chief wants the police overtime, for both Friday and Saturday nights, to be paid for through the city's Alcohol Education and Enforcement Fund.

He's waiting on approval from City Council.

Emergency overtime funds will be used until then.

Earlier this week, Councilman Mark Craig proposed a bill to stop nearly two dozen bars from selling liquor, in an effort to bring attention to the problems.

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