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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Police Follow-Up On Reports of Increasing Violence In One Jonesboro Neighborhood

May 13, 2005 -- Posted at 8:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Worries linger from people who live on Fisher street about the recent incidents involving older kids beating up the younger ones.

"We got officers out on foot for a police presence. They're contacting kids as well as adults to see exactly where the problems lie and what's going on on the streets," said Lt. Roy Coleman.

Police say this area is one of their regular patrols, but now they have a specific goal-- looking for anyone who can give them information on who's been causing the problems.

"Kids will be kids, but the problems these days is the kids carrying guns and knives to school in their vehicles, and that's what we're trying to prevent," said Lt. Coleman.

Operations like this are not uncommon.

When police hear of trouble in the school, home, or out in the community, they actively seek out the source.

"If the citizens have a complaint, we're going to assess it, and see what we need to do to tackle the problem," said Lt. Coleman.

He says operations like this usually provide wake up calls to people who are causing trouble in the neighborhood.

"We can tell by the decrease in calls to certain areas after a project like this, that we did accomplish something," said Lt. Coleman.

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