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Calling for outside help. That's what the City of Poughkeepsie's Common Council is asking for to help deter violent crime. YNN's Jessica Chen has the details.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Less than two months have passed since the brutal murder of 99-year-old Fannie Gumbinger. And the thought of such a violent act in Poughkeepsie still lingers Alderman Joseph Rich's mind.
"We need help now," said Councilman Rich.
On Monday, he and seven other common council members unanimously approved asking outside police agencies for help. He said he's asking State Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff's office and the FBI to help patrol and solve crime in the city.
"What the city lacks is prevention activities and the best protection as prevention is a cop on the beat," said Councilman Rich.
Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ronald Knapp said the city already has officers from the Dutchess County Sheriff's office patrolling the city twice a week, under their Operation Impact program. He said State Police use to help patrol too, but that was stopped about a year ago due to a lack of manpower. But Knapp said he is open to the idea of more outside help.
"What we're going to ask for is help that is visible and that is there long term. It won't be a day or a week, it will be months until this city is under control," said Councilman Rich.
Alderman Joseph Rich said he plans to personally write to the different police agencies himself to ask for their help. He said with the full support of the Common Council now behind him, they now wait to hear back from the different agencies.