The East Palo Alto Police Department declared a "crime emergency" Thursday after seven people were shot in the previous 10 days. None of the shootings were fatal.
Although the city has only seen one homicide so far this year compared to three last year at this time, Police Chief Ron Davis said there have been more armed assaults than last year.
According to a statement released by Davis, as part of the crime emergency, all days off for department staff have been canceled in order to double the number of officers in the field.
After a two-week period during which the crime emergency will be in place, the Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will implement "Operation Impact." The CHP will assign six officers designated to work determined hot spots.
The number of assaults with a firearm during the first quarter increased from 35 in 2007 to 48 this year, according to police.
"Enforcement actions are not enough to stop crime and violence in our community," Davis said. "However, our long-term prevention and intervention efforts are greatly hindered by a hail of bullets. The crime emergency and enhanced enforcement actions are needed to put an immediate stop to this alarming level of violence and provide the community both the time and the environment necessary to continue our long-term efforts."