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New Saginaw state police squad aims to calm city violence

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(07/11/12) - Shootings and homicides in Saginaw are on the rise, and state police are stepping in to try to stop violent crime before it starts.

While Saginaw city police are busy, a new squad of troopers will be covering the streets.

ABC12 News rode along with police during their evening patrols and saw some of that crime first hand.

We weren't on the road with police for more than five minutes before they made their first arrest of the night: a man with a warrant out for his arrest, caught carrying marijuana.

"We felt the violence in the city of Saginaw was on the rise, we wanted to come in and do what we could to assist Saginaw and the other agencies to try and quiet that down," said Lt. Marv Jenkins of the Field Services Detective Services Unit.

Troopers say there have been 13 homicides since the year started, and shootings nearly every day.

That's why state police assigned a new team to Saginaw's streets, consisting of six troopers who will patrol for the next several weeks.

"They're going to be concentrating on the hot spots in the city, where the most violent crime takes place," Jenkins said. "This will help tremendously, it will let the bad guys know that behavior won't be tolerated and we're here to put a stop to it."

This new squad is assigned to Saginaw for six weeks and after that, police will reevaluate and decide if they're going to stay longer.

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