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    Paragould closer to street crimes unit

    2:25 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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    PARAGOULD, Ark. (KTHV) -- An increase in police patrols in one northeast Arkansas city is closer to becoming a reality.

    Region 8 News reported that Paragould Police are now hiring more officers to help combat crime in areas with the worst crime rates during late night and early morning hours.

    Corporal Brad Snyder said the Police Department does not have a date set for when the unit will begin patrols.

    When the street crimes unit was first introduced, speculation arose over whether the department would essentially be enforcing martial law, but Corporal Brad Snyder said none of it was true.

    In an earlier report, Region 8 News spoke with Synder, who said officers could not demand IDs, and if a resident did not comply, then they were free to leave. And, as for the officers in SWAT gear, Synder said police would only be donning the gear to make them more noticeable.

    For more information on this story, visit www.kait8.com.

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