Local June 3, 2013 | 7:38 am

Dominican Republic sends troops to fight street crime

Santo Domingo.- The National Police on Sunday announced that the military will join the police in patrols this week, to counter the recent rise in street crimes, including assaults on public figures.

“The citizens may perceive a further increase in the civil-military preventive patrols," said spokesman Maximo Baez.

Last Friday president Danilo Medina ordered the Armed Forces and the National Police "to use all military necessary for the fight against crime."

The Police spokesman said more vehicles will be assigned and security will be heightened in "the areas where statistics show that there is a greater incidence of crime."

Baez said in addition to the use of the military in patrols, "we’ve recovered more than 900 police officers who were assigned outside the institution."

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