The Southeast Police Department has implemented new methods to combat the rash of robberies that the district has faced since January.
A robbery unit was established to discover patterns in the robberies and track down the suspects, said SEPD Captain George Clinedinst.
He said that since February 8, the unit has reduced robberies by over 50%.
Throughout the month of March, there will also be 30 officers, who are newly graduated from the police academy, patrolling on foot. Clinedinst said the patrols will be focused on the business-heavy areas. The officers will be encouraged to enter businesses and form relationships with those in the neighborhood.
“We’re trying to get them to be more acclimated with the community, talking with the community, getting out on foot and meeting people, not just driving around in a police car,” said Clinedinst.