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Yonkers Police Add Tactics To Target Gang-Related Violence

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Launch Anti-Group Violence Initiative at Ashburton and Nepperhan Avenues, November 5, 2020
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers
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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Launch Anti-Group Violence Initiative at Ashburton and Nepperhan Avenues, November 5, 2020

A city in Westchester County, New York has unveiled an initiative to target gang-related activity.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller and local community leaders have announced the deployment of the city’s new Anti-Group Violence Initiative to combat a recent increase in group, or gang-related, activity in the city. In an effort to suppress gun violence and reduce crime, the Yonkers Police Department has identified a geographical priority area to roll out its tactics, which include increasing uniformed patrol and presence in the Nepperhan and Ashburton Avenue corridors. There will also be increased collaboration with the Yonkers Public Schools to identity and intervene in youth group-violence issues before they escalate.

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