SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Onondaga County Sheriff’s office says it will continue to help combat gun violence in the city of Syracuse.

Sheriff Eugene Conway’s office usually participates in the so-called gun involved violence initiative, or GIVE, from April through October. But the sheriff says this year the program, a key component of New York’s shooting and homicide reduction strategy, will continue for several more months.

Conway says there will be enhanced patrols in city locations that have shown to be the most prone to gun violence. Deputies and a supervisor work with Syracuse Police in a targeted approach to responding to shots-fired calls, apprehending suspects, and recovering illegal guns.

Deputies assigned to GIVE this year have recovered 21 guns and made 263 arrests that resulted in 472 charges.

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