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Keeping the downtown Tyler square safe

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Another organization has been called on to help keep the downtown Tyler square safe, all night long. The Tyler City Council is now asking the Commissioner's Court for assistance to look into the problem of homeless people sleeping on the square and people loitering there. Earlier this month, Tyler Police began increasing their patrols around the square. This all stems from complaints of downtown businesses that people on the square are posing a risk to their customers.

"We've asked the Sheriff's Department to monitor the situation on the square and let us know what's happening over there," said Commissioner Bill McGinnis. "Obviously, I'm not up that early. They'll bring us back a recommendation or perhaps information on what's happening over there, and we'll go from there."

The Commissioner's Court will hear from the Sheriff's Department after 60 days of monitoring the square after hours.

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