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NLVPD hopes new officers will help in combating crime

As many as 40 new police officers will soon join the North Las Vegas Police Department, and it's happening at a time when the agency is kicking it into gear to combat a significant amount of crime.

In fact, there have been several shootings over the past few days. This week along, there was a fatal shooting Tuesday near Civic Center Drive and Cheyenne Avenue, and on Wednesday a teenager was just shot in the area of Commerce Street and W. Craig Road.

Cheyenne and Civic Center Drive is what North Las Vegas Police call a hot spot for crime.

In Tuesday's shooting, a man was killed when he was shot several times inside a car in broad daylight.

A resident who in the before the murder said crime, in general, is on the rise in that area.

"The last shooting was on Cheyenne and Civic Center, and I was there probably 45 minutes before it happened," said Eric Jones, North Las Vega resident. "It just makes you think things are a little crazy like you're somewhere at the wrong time. There's been a lot of crime here."

8 News NOW looked into just how much crime has happened in the area lately and to give you an idea, over the past 60 days in just a one-mile radius from Tuesday's shooting there have been 261 incidents of crime.

That's everything from more than 100 assault and battery offenses to 14 sexual assaults, 18 robberies and burglaries and three homicides.