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Mayor Pugh cracking down on teen violence

Posted at 7:04 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 07:04:10-05

Baltimore is cracking down on crime after recent assaults committed by teens. 

On Thursday, Mayor Catherine Pugh is speaking about the city's plan to stop the violence.

Pugh could possibly touch on the police department's plan to create a plainclothes decoy unit, which was announced earlier this week.

RELATED: Baltimore Police announce new decoy unit to arrest juveniles on the spot

The new unit will be made up of young, trained police officers that will blend in with the public. The department has now doubled the number of officers assigned full time to South Baltimore neighborhoods.

While these efforts will increase a police presence, Pugh says there needs to be programming focused on stopping teen violence,

"I think we can provide the training programs, the jobs that are necessary, the connection with the public school systems. I think you'll hear from me shortly about our continued violence reduction strategy and how we connected all of our agencies and all our community groups so we can continue to reduce violence in our city."

Pugh will make her announcement at a conference set for 2:00 Thursday afternoon.