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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities in the Muskegon area are teaming up with hopes of curbing gun violence.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/Z6vzYh) some efforts are already under way, including bulking up patrols in some of Muskegon Heights' so-called hot spots for crime. Muskegon County sheriff's deputies and Michigan State Police troopers are involved.

The city of Muskegon's police department says it's open to added patrols from both law enforcement agencies as well.
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says he believes a collaborative effort in the West Michigan area, which has happened in the past, can only be a positive thing.

The city of Muskegon Heights has had two homicides this year. The biggest spikes in gun violence in Muskegon County were in 2009 and 2010.