Trenton's Plan to Cut Back on Crime - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Trenton's Plan to Cut Back on Crime



    With homicides on the rise, the Mayor of Trenton unveiled a new plan to fight crime. NBC10's Na'eem Douglas has the details. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013)

    With a record-setting number of homicides this year, Trenton authorities are trying to come up with a plan to reduce crime in the city.

    This year, 160 people have been shot in Trenton and there have been 33 homicides.

    "We are everyday working diligently with the limited staff that we have to try and solve these murders," said Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera.

    Rivera stood alongside Trenton Mayor Tony Mack today, as they announced a plan to reduce crime by creating a new, specialized unit in the Trenton Police Department and the addition of monitored cameras in the city's trouble spots.

    "It's frustrating when you see the numbers, the record-breaking number, with all the effort that we've been putting in to reduce crime here in the city," said Rivera.

    In 2011, more than 100 Trenton police officers were laid off due to budget cuts.

    Last month, New Jersey state police officers came in to help Trenton police deal with the ongoing violence. Those officers will likely stay until the end of the month.

    Rivera is hoping officers can use the newly acquired information from state police to help create that specialized task force.


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