More police deployed in Trenton to stem violence

More police deployed in Trenton to stem violence

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - State officials say they're putting more boots on the ground to stem the violence in New Jersey's capital city.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman on Wednesday announced a show of force in Trenton as summer approaches. The action comes days after a 9-year-old girl was wounded in the crossfire and a recent shooting that left three wounded outside a church during the funeral of a gang member.

The number of state troopers and other law enforcement being deployed will double the amount who took to the streets in mid-August. Shootings dropped by half in the two months after that initiative began in 2013, in which there were 37 homicides in Trenton.

Three units will target high-crime areas in Trenton and a squad will seek to arrest individuals with outstanding warrants.

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