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Police are stepping up patrols in Yonkers after a recent spike in violence in the city.
Officials are calling it 'Operation Clean Sweep,' and it has been instituted in response to several stabbings and shootings in the city recently. On Monday night, one teen was shot in the area of Locust Hill, and another teen was stabbed near Downing Street and Riverdale Avenue.
Part of the increased police presence is a mobile command center that has been set up in the city. They say the mobile command center will be at the intersection of Cliff and Spruce streets for the next few days, and they will keep it active during the overnight hours until dawn.
Police are also using another weapon called the Terra Hawk, which is a mobile pedestal equipped with a military style camera that helps officers see for miles. "Ninety-nine percent of the people in this neighborhood are really great people – good solid citizens, we just want to get that one percent who are committing these violent crimes," says Deputy Police Chief Tim Hodges.
Some residents tell News 12 they appreciate the increased security. Lucas Lopez says he likes having the police set up right outside his bodega, but he'd like to see them here more often. "I hope they stay here; not come here a few days and then we don't see them anymore.” He adds, "When they're gone, it starts up again, more police presence, maybe more patrols would be a good idea because it still could be a beautiful place."