Fla. chief moves cops from desk job to street patrol

By Jim Leusner
Orlando Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando's police chief is taking cops out of the office and putting them on the streets to help fight crime in 25 "hot zones" across the city.

Chief Mike McCoy said Monday that up to 88 officers — half from management ranks — will ride, walk and bike through trouble spots during the next 30 days.

"Operation All Hands On Deck," as the campaign is called, started Sunday. McCoy unveiled it a week after the FBI reported statistics showing that violent crime in Orlando was up 13 percent last year, 10 times the national figure.

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