Bismarck Police Department adjusts to recent violent crime

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Bismarck Police officers have had to stay on their toes.

May 7, May 17, May 29, and June 5 are all days officers responded to violent crimes with weapons.

"Just in the last two months, police say there were 63 cases where weapons were involved, and this same time last year, there were 41," says Bismarck Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Ziegler.

"In some of the cases here that have happened here in the Bismarck area, they were just people who were owned money, that sort of stuff, and that was their way of targeting people," says Ziegler.

Ziegler says illegal drugs played a part in some of the recent violent crimes, and it's concerning enough that the department is going in a new direction.

"We don't want to just send people out ' willy-nilly' for a lack of a better term, we want to have reasons for why we put people where we put people," says Ziegler.

That's where analysis directed policing comes in. Ziegler says they plan to target hot spots with recent violent crime, and change the patrol shifts so during high volume call hours the streets are flooded with officers.

"What i would like to see is we start some shifts at 3 p.m. and they go till 3 a.m., and if we can do that we can have what we call shift overlap," says Ziegler.

Ziegler hopes that these shifts in addition to the typical 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift will help officers concentrate on high crime areas. He says the public can help officers better find these areas as well by reporting any suspicious activity.