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Troy announces measures to combat violence
TROY - On Thursday, the Mayor of Troy and the Police Chief announced new plans to make the streets of Troy more safe. The announcement comes after a shooting early Sunday morning injured five people.
Troy Police said they have a suspect but have not made an arrest yet.
"It is crystal clear that the violent crimes of a retaliatory nature are escalating," said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamelia. "We must end this pattern of violence."
Chief John Tedesco said it appears this latest shooting stems from an ongoing feud between gangs in Albany and Troy. He says it's a matter of disrespect between the two groups and that Troy and Albany Police have been working together on the issue for six months.
"It's extremely frustrating and the part that's frustrating is there's no pattern. Trying to sit down and do forecasting or a simulation model on this is next to impossible," said Chief Tedesco.
He said the department is trying to predict as best it can. It is relying not just on a pattern, but also on intelligence from the street.
"It's up to the minute forecasting that we're trying to do," he said.
He said this new plan was in the works before Sunday's shooting. It requires assignments in the department to be changed up so there are more uniforms on the street walking on foot and handling traffic.
On Thursday, Rensselaer County found out it's receiving almost $600,000 from the state. The money is supposed to be used for fighting gun violence. The Chief says some of that money will help pay for overtime, intelligence gathering and a district attorney to prosecute gun related cases.
CBS 6 asked Albany Police what the department is doing this weekend to try and prevent more violence. An Albany Police spokesperson told CBS 6 News that it will continue to work closely with Troy, sharing intelligence. It says it will move officers to areas it thinks may see problems.