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The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.
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The Metropolitan Police Department will use the new hires to expand their presence at nightlife hot spots.

The District is beefing up its police force to meet the challenges of a booming economy and vibrant night life.

D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson says about 50 new police officers will be hired by the city through a funding "reprogramming." Mendelson says the move is made necessary by D.C.'s growing population and associated increase in activity at District hot spots.

"U Street, H Street, the new southwest waterfront, areas like that — in order to be proactive and stay ahead of the possibility of new crime, there ought to be new police officers," Mendelson says.

Just a few months ago, the D.C. Council rejected a request to hire an additional 100 officers using additional speed camera revenue, but Mendelson says it makes sense this time around.

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