Police increase officers in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department is adding additional officers to the downtown area this weekend to combat violence in light of a fatal shooting last weekend.

Deputy Chief James Hinson says there are normally seven to ten officers assigned to downtown and the department has added four more.

"Our philosophy is, if it's a concern to the citizens, it's a concern to us at the police department," he said.

Hinson says the officers will primarily patrol South Elm Street and Greene Street and will be on the clock from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.

At this point, Hinson says the additional officers will only be in place this weekend. However, if the need for them continues, he says the department will look into long-term measures.

One person was killed and four were injured in last weekend's shootings. No arrests have been made.

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