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Chester asks for help from state police after rash of shootings

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2017 1:38 AM

 

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State police trooper in Franklin County (Photo: Public Opinion)

(Chester) -- State police are being brought in to try to help curb violence in the city of Chester that has seen its police force diminished by budget cuts.

Delaware County says it'll pay at least $100,000 to have troopers help patrol the city.

There have been no arrests in the city's 10 homicides this year, and a total of 46 people have been shot.

District Attorney John Whelan says state police will start patrolling high-crime neighborhoods in the next few days.

He expects they'll continue assisting through the fall.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Chester lost a quarter of its police force last year to retirements and resignations as part of state-supervised cost-cutting measures.

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