Southeastern PA

City asks for help from state police after rash of shootings

CHESTER, Pa. - State police are being brought in to try to help curb violence in a Pennsylvania city that has seen its police force diminished by budget cuts.

Delaware County officials say they'll pay at least $100,000 to have troopers help patrol Chester.

There have been no arrests in the city's 10 homicides this year, and a total of 46 people have been shot.

District Attorney John Whelan said Wednesday that state police will start patrolling high-crime neighborhoods in the next few days. He expects they'll continue assisting through the fall.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Chester lost a quarter of its police force last year to retirements and resignations as part of state-supervised cost-cutting measures.

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