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Bloomington Police Boost Downtown Patrols After Complaints
Updated June 12, 2017 7:40 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington Police are increasing patrols downtown following complaints about criminal activity, aggressive panhandling and drug abuse by the city's homeless population.

Twenty officers started their afternoon shifts with a roll call last week at Peoples Park about a block from the Indiana University campus. A police lieutenant told the officers to have "zero tolerance" for alcohol, drugs and fighting in the park.

Police Chief Mike Diekhoff says the department has a responsibility to keep the area safe for everyone.

A city task force recommended additional police patrols and is preparing a report for Mayor John Hamilton.

Some city parking enforcement officers also are looking for suspicious behavior, and the city has hired four IU police officers to boost downtown patrols.



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