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Oct 8, 2009 1:57 PM

Alexandria policing model changes

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy says changes will be made in the city's community policing model following three recent murders.

Roy said Wednesday that he still needs to have some conversations with Police Chief Daren Coutee, but he said there soon will be some "revamping" of community policing, according to The Town Talk newspaper.

Roy's comments came after three murders were reported over four days; and after a police sergeant was quoted as saying the string of killings was "a concern, but not alarming." The remark drew criticism from a spokeswoman for a local citizens group. Sgt. Ronald Beeson said the comments were meant to assure Alexandria residents that the homicides involved disputes between people who knew each other - not a killer who poses a danger to the public at large.

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