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Crime numbers continue to rise in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Violent crime numbers are still on the rise but now that the police department is fully staffed, Chief Lumpkin believes that should soon change.

He says they now have a solution to this growing problem because having more bodies out on the street is their strongest weapon to fighting crime.

The chief says even while they wait for more funding for cars and body cameras, he believes the community will begin to notice a change in the crime almost immediately.

He says their most troubled areas for violent crimes and homicide fall within the central precinct, and it's mostly concentrated to a couple of blocks and streets. Crime tends to increase when the temperatures increase but by the time summer rolls around, there will be more patrols spread throughout the precincts.

"We'll have more officers on the street in a two person patrol mode by April 20th. Then we will have additional officers – about 30 additional officers in two or three weeks after that - they will continue to roll out,” said Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin.

One of the biggest concerns that was brought up at Friday's meeting: How is the police department supposed to deal with the State Parole and Pardons Board releasing convicted offenders? In addition to local judges allowing violent offenders to post bond just days after being arrested. 

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