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Open forum talks about public safety in Harrisburg

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 05:55 AM CST
Reported by: James Tully

HARRISBURG -- Concerns from Harrisburg residents were met with strong words from the Police Chief Thomas Carter.

Not surprisingly, crime was a hot topic during Tuesday's open forum at City Hall.

It was an opportunity for Harrisburg residents to talk directly to city officials.
It also allowed Mayor Eric Papenfuse to give more insight on his plans for a safer city.

"It's time to say Harrisburg is tired of it, we've had enough and this will be the change," Chief Carter said to a round of applause from the dozens of people who attended.

"We are moving as quickly as we can to ramp up the size of the police force," Papenfuse stated, adding he is optimistic that number will be 20 additional police officers by year's end.

That would bring the total number of police officers to 150 total in the city. Carter says that number is very adequate for the current population.

The mayor claims almost immediately there will be harsher penalties on certain charges like loitering and being a public nuisance.

"Enough is enough, that's why you are going to see active codes enforcement, a cracking down of crime of all sorts in the city of Harrisburg," he said.
Open forum talks about public safety in Harrisburg

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