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Providence police amp up patrols around Chad Brown Housing Complex

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Samantha Lavien
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Providence police are beefing up patrols in the area in and around the Chad Brown Housing Complex after five people were shot Tuesday night.

"Tensions are high in Chad Brown, but the police are here and we are making every effort to make sure the streets are safe,” said Patrolman Jonathan Desmarais, a member of the city’s Violent Crime Task force.

ABC 6 News came along with one of the task force teams Friday night as they patrolled the area.

"We look for gang members, active gang members, large gatherings of crowds, suspicious activity, maybe people that don't necessarily belong in Chad Brown,” said Desmarais.

Desmarais and his partner Mark Hubbard are two of eight people assigned to the task force. One of their missions is to get guns off city streets.

"Just Wednesday alone we took three guns off the streets,” said Desmarais.

In response to the recent violence, the Director of the Street Workers Program at the Providence Institute for the Study and Practice of Non–Violence, Juan Carter, says there needs to be a change in mind–set among young people living in the city.

"We need young people to dream again. And, I think they lost their way somehow and they are not dreaming any more. Now, they are in survival mode where they feel like they have to walk out of their house with guns, and look behind their back. I think we need to get young people to start dreaming again,” said Carter.

Police say the increase in patrols in the Chad Brown area will continue indefinitely.

So far no arrests have been made in Tuesday's shooting.

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