NYPD Beefing Up Overnight Patrols

Friday, Jul 2, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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NYPD Beefing Up Overnight Patrols

Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the individuals wanted for questioning in the five assaults.

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The New York City police department is beefing up its overnight street patrols after a spike in killings, primarily in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Police said that over the past 28 days, about 90 percent of shootings occurred on the street. That's up from about 65 percent.

They say the number of officers on the street could double or triple between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in 23 police precincts.

It's a response to an 11 percent increase in homicides over the last six months. Police say the homicide rate last year was the lowest since 1963.

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