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U.S. attorney discusses Ohio crime problem

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Crime plagues northwest Ohio, so on Monday, U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelebach spoke with the Toledo Rotary Club about combating the problem.

"We see cyber crime, we see all sorts of new threats to our country, and law enforcement is trying to do all they can to keep up with the bad guys," Dettelebach said.

Cincinnati has been down 154 officers since late 2009, and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office has laid off 30 deputies recently. Those cuts worry Dettelebach.

"People have to understand, if you have fewer agents, you're going to have fewer prosecutors, and you're going to have fewer cases," he said. "That's going to result in major effects in our community."

In just the last two years, Toledo Police have responded to 975 calls of shots fired. Dettelebach's solution is to make sure law enforcement is on the street and keep guns out of felons' hands.

"We need to pass some sort of a common sense measure, respecting the Second Amendment, so we can stop felons from getting firearms," he said.

Dettelebach also says the community plays a role in reducing crime by speaking up and letting lawmakers know exactly what's going on in their communities. He says this is the most important way to fight the issue.

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