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Police boost downtown presence for summer crowds

Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 5:47pm  ET

BALTIMORE - Baltimore officials hope a more visible police presence combined with a more extensive camera network will help keep downtown crowds safe this summer.

An extra 50 foot patrol officers will be on hand Thursdays through Sundays to help with crowds as warm weather draws residents and tourists downtown.

Police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) says the additional officers will include a recent academy class, officers usually assigned outside the city center, the city's school police force and sheriff's department.

The department beefs up deployments in its central district each summer, but this year the effort comes after video of a tourist being beaten and stripped over St. Patrick's Day weekend went viral and a Baltimore Sun report that disturbances that weekend were more serious than first thought.

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