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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A new program at the Toledo Police Department is taking policing back to basics, and they say it's making a huge difference in one part of town.

The new Community Corridor project has only been in effect for two and a half months, but at least one business owner in west Toledo say small crimes and nuisances have disappeared in that time.

Harry Dionyssiou runs the Rudy's Hot Dog on Sylvania Avenue. He says he used to have to deal with panhandlers and drug dealers outside his business by himself.

"Many times I wanted to go out there with a baseball bat because it bothered my customers," he said.

Since May, five police officers began patrolling two parts of the city on foot, including Sylvania Avenue between Phillips and Secor, as part of the Community Corridor project.

"Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics," said TPD Sgt. Kevin Braun. "I think people like to see police officers on the street. Businesses love to see police officers stop in and talk to them and talk to customers."

The officers stop and visit about 265 businesses each week to find out what problems they may be facing and observe issues around the neighborhood firsthand.

"They should have done this a long time ago," Dionyssiou said. "I hope they keep police around, not only for my business but everyone's business."            

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