LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- August 18 the Little Rock Police Department started an overtime task force to reduce crime in the city.
Lt. Steven McClanahan said the plan requires 45 officers to work in four hour blocks, seven days a week. He said so far the new initiative is working.
“It's coming up on a month of doing that and we have seen crime decrease and our emphasis has been on public safety and primarily on violent crime,” he said.
He said their data maps have helped them target the city's problem areas.
“What we're doing is saturating those areas in marked police cars,” he said.
He said the department is getting good feedback on their new initiative.
“We're hearing a lot of input from the neighbors and the neighborhoods in those communities, they are pleased to see us out patrolling their streets,” he said.
Keeping this task force well into the future is still in question but bottom line, decreased crime is good news for the city of Little Rock.
“It may not be something we can do forever because of the expenses involved in it but we are pleased with the results so far,” he said.
As of today, the city of Little Rock is still sitting at 45 homicides.