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Campaign for Anchorage mayor focuses on stronger police amid rash of slayings
Campaign for Anchorage mayor focuses on stronger police amid rash of slayings

An alarming spate of killings on woodsy streets where moose often roam has placed the Police Department at the center of Tuesday's mayoral election in Alaska's largest city, with vows from both candidates to strengthen a force that has been cut back in hard economic times. Police say nine people were killed in Anchorage, population 300,000, in the first three months of the year — including six gunned down in six weeks. By comparison, three were killed over the same period in 2014. "This is what happens when you reduce a visible police presence. You're going to have more crime, more dangerous streets," said Ethan Berkowitz, one of two candidates on the May 5...

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