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Newark Mayor Quintana To Hire 100 More Officers To Fight Violent Crime

Luis Quintana, the new mayor of Newark. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Luis Quintana, the new mayor of Newark. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Newark Mayor Luis Quintana has announced specific details on how his administration plans to fight back against a recent spike in violent crime in the city.

The mayor, along with law enforcement officials, announced on Tuesday that the city will hire 100 additional police officers.

The police department will also add new vehicles to its force, including 26 new SUVs and 10 unmarked cars.

City Police Director Samuel DeMaio added that he will shift dispatch responsibilities to civilian employees to free up 25 more officers to patrol streets.

The city is also considering holding gun buyback events more regularly rather than once or twice a year.

There were a total of 111 homicides in Newark this past year, the most since 1990.

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