When Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson announced with fanfare last week that state police would be patrolling high-crime neighborhoods to help control growing gun violence, officials declined — citing strategic reasons — to say how many troopers would be involved. Yesterday, Mayor Street let it slip. The number, he said, is five.
Street, in unsolicited comments, mentioned the number of troopers working with city police while he was attending a city-sponsored job fair that drew 2,000 people to the Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia yesterday morning.
He complained that the news media do not cover such events, but gave significant coverage to news that troopers — “Five,” he said, holding up the fingers on his right hand, “five” — would be working with the 6,680-strong Philadelphia police force. That represents less than one-tenth of 1 percent.
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