The city of Dayton will temporarily boost the number of police officers patrolling the central business district downtown.

In the next several weeks, 10 police officers and two sergeants will patrol the intersections of Third and Main streets and Fourth and Main streets as well as the Courthouse Square area.

After police presence in those areas is heightened for a few weeks, the city then will decide whether or not to keep the presence at that level.

"Our efforts, in combination with the RTA security programs, have made a dramatic impact on the level of safety at key locations downtown -- as much in perception as reality," said Julian Davis, police chief, in a press release issued Wednesday.

The heightened enforcement will be paid for on an overtime basis out of the city's safety enforcement project funds.