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Clergy members join police for extra security

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Downtown gets packed with thousands on and around Fountain Square for events like the Reds games.

And in the sea of faces, standing with police, are members of the clergy.  They're called "The God Squad."

The God Squad is a group of clergy, a group of Islamic leaders, and other community leaders from all faiths that come into the community and partner with the police department when there are major events.

Clergy members are part of an increased presence downtown.  Young police explorers are on the square in addition to Citizens on Patrol.  The police chief ramped up security after several shootings downtown near the library and another incident where prosecutor Joe Deters' son and two others were attacked after the Taste of Cincinnati.  Officers said the pastors are an important part of fighting crime.
   
There are about eight ministers who promised to stand with officers the weekend of the Macy's Music Festival.  They're hoping to have a positive influence, especially on young people.

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