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Philadelphia Boosting Police Presence At Recreation Centers After Shootings

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(Mayor Michael Nutter visited the Kingsessing Rec Center with police officials as the city offered a $20,000 reward in the shooting of six people there. Credit: Steve Tawa)

(Mayor Michael Nutter visited the Kingsessing Rec Center with police officials as the city offered a $20,000 reward in the shooting of six people there. Credit: Steve Tawa)

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Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Nutter administration is beefing up the police presence at certain city recreation centers in the wake of recent violence there.

In the wake of a flash mob attack late last month in center city, the mayor declared city recreation centers as “safe havens” for teens to congregate (see related story).

But that backfired quickly with two shootings at recreation centers in the space of a week (another related story).

Now, city recreation commissioner Sue Slawson says that police deployment at recreation centers will be boosted.

“It’s just a place where people come in the community to have fun, and you have an idiot who takes advantage, and takes an opportunity that’s a horrible one,” she told KYW Newsradio today.

Specifically, the police presence will go from two to four officers at recreation centers that are hosting basketball leagues.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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