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Yonkers officials pledge to crack down on crime following 10 days of shootings, stabbings

The city's police department is launching Operation Clean Sweep

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Yonkers Deputy Chief Hodges says Operation Clean Sweep will target spot crime to put end to the recent violence that has plagued the city for 10 straight days with shootings and stabbings.

“Operation Clean Sweep is a coordinated effort by city agencies utilize all our tools and to focus on specific locations and problems,” said Deputy Police Chief Tim Hodges

According to Mayor Mike Spano, the several shootings and stabbings have been gang related

“To the individuals that are out there causing a raucous, we know who you are and we're going to continue to what we have to do to make sure you're off the streets so that the good men of our community here can walk the streets,” Spano said.

The parts of Yonkers where police are focusing on are Nodine Hill and Cottage Place Garden Houses and they’ll be using a Terror Hawk Truck to help fight crime in those neighborhoods.

“It’s a viewing platform that goes about 30 feet into the air and it allows two officers to be in that and they have binoculars and they have viewing glasses there’s also video camera footage. It can actually be manned or unmanned and were going to man it for the next few days,” Chief Hodges said. m

Even though there have been several violent crimes in the last week, Mayor Mike Spano says the overall crime rate is down 14 percent in the city.

As part of Operation Clean Sweep, a command center will be stationed at Sullivan's Oval Park to act as a mini precinct for the next few days.

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