Chief Buckner to initiate increased patrols in Little Rock starting Friday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In an effort to cut down on crime in Little Rock, Chief Kenton Buckner is initiating a plan to increase police patrols during "peak times."

In a press release on Wednesday, the Little Rock Police Department said the new plan will start on Friday, August 18 and "will go until further notice."

Among the details released, Buckner has ordered that 15 more officers per division will work during peak times seven days a week. According to the police, that will result in 45 additional officers on the streets of Little Rock per day.

Those officers will be assigned to areas that have been "identified through intelligence led policing data."

"All officers working will be instructed to provide high visibility, constructive contact, and address crimes committed in their presence," the release said.

Buckner's plan also requested support from the Arkansas State Police to provide "high visibility on state highways" within Little Rock.

This new plans comes after the city suffered its 43rd homicide of the year.

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