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      2 officials hired to patrol Toledo business area

      Lucas County Deputy Kurtis Whitman and Toledo Police Officer Tony Duncan hired to patrol Toledo business area.

      A policing unit will start patrolling the downtown and uptown area of Toledo.

      One Toledo Police officer and one Lucas County Sheriff's deputy will work together circulating the downtown courthouse square and business district area. Toledo Police Officer Tony Duncan and Lucas County Sheriff's Deputy Kurtis Whitman will start this week.

      In a prepared statement, Toledo Mayor Michael Bell said this additional hire addresses the concerns of the business owners and citizens in the area.

      â??I appreciate the Sheriff and the Commissioners efforts to devote staffing to this patrol unit and their ongoing efforts to collaborate for the benefit of Toledo and Lucas County.â?? Bell said.

      The pair will have a specially marked vehicle and walk the downtown to be aware of changing circumstances in the downtown and uptown districts.

      â??Sheriff Tharp deserves a lot of praise for continuing to identify opportunities for jurisdictional coordination,â?? Board of Lucas County Commissioners said. â??This is an extension of community policing. Community policing is not a program, but a philosophy that the Sheriff and his deputies strive to uphold everyday.â??