Fort Worth police detectives begin street patrol

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Posted on June 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

FORT WORTH - You might notice more police officers on the streets of Fort Worth.

Starting Friday, detectives will spend a week on street patrol.

The goal is to boost the number of officers who respond to 911 calls. Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said increased patrols will help keep the crime rate down this summer.

The chief warns this is only a temporary fix.

Earlier this spring, the city outlined a money crunch within the department. Since 2010, the police budget has been cut by $20 million.

Response times jumped 47 seconds between July 2010 and the end of last year.

The president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram they're "short-handed" and "citizens are getting the short-end of the stick."

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