Police in five New Jersey cities where departments have had deep layoffs are making fewer arrests for minor offenses — a trend that experts fear could lead to a rise in the most serious crimes.
Mack says the city council is to blame for failing to appoint a permanent police director even though the mayor has nominated two veteran state troopers for the position.
The increase in crime in Newark has come after much-publicized layoffs that cut nearly 15 percent of the police force at the end of last year, creating an “I-told-you-so” moment for many observers inside and outside the law enforcement community.
A judge has given police, fire and city employees in Orange a short reprieve from threatened layoffs.
Officials say the layoffs are necessary to address the city’s financial woes.
Twelve law enforcement agencies are joining forces to stem a spike in violent crime in northern New Jersey. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino called for cooperation after 167 police officers were laid off in Newark.
The City of Newark announced Tuesday evening that it will lay off 167 police officers effective on November 30.
The union for Newark police made the decision after a morning public appeal from Mayor Cory Booker. 167 officers would be be laid off if no agreement is reached.