MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Friday morning, Manchester Police Department chief Carlo Capano announced that two extra cruisers containing two officers will be patrolling the city during evening hours until further notice.
This move comes following an uptick in violent crime such as shootings and stabbings that have occurred in recent weeks.
Capano hopes the move will quell the violent crime spike, but noted that help is needed from the community as well.
“Investigators are working tirelessly on all of these cases” said Capano. “But it becomes frustrating when victims and witnesses refuse to cooperate. We cannot stress enough the need to be able to work together.”
Despite the recent trend, as a whole the city has seen a decrease in crime since 2015. Part I offenses have decreased by nine percent overall so far through 2019 compared to last year, with Part I violent crimes down by one percent and Part I property crimes down by 11 percent.