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New Police Force Credited with Crime Drop in Camden, New Jersey

April 03, 2014  | 

Camden County PD vehicles (Photo: Camden County PD)
Camden County PD vehicles (Photo: Camden County PD)

New police statistics show total crime - violent and nonviolent - plummeted nearly 30 percent in Camden, N.J., in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

There were three fewer homicides, dropping the total to 10, reflecting a 23 percent drop compared with 13 during the same period last year. Assaults with a firearm plunged 45 percent, Philly.com reports.

For decades, Camden has been plagued by crime and frequently earned the unfortunate title of “America’s Most Dangerous City.”

Last May, a newly formed Camden County Police Department took over from the disbanded Camden City Police Department. So the new statistics are based on one quarter under the new force and are compared to the same quarter under the old force.

The new force implemented crime-fighting devices such as license-plate scanners, a full deployment of 160 “eye-in-the-sky” cameras, and other high-tech equipment that remotely monitors whole swaths of the city.


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kevcopaz @ 4/3/2014 5:43 PM

Looks like a job well done. But I always wonder why when the crime rate declines the Chief and the politicians take the credit, but when it rises they all say its not their fault, its demographics, etc etc. Lets see if they take the hit IF crime increases. I highly doubt it, they have always been two faced that way. We in Law Enforcement know this all too well.

njbud @ 4/3/2014 7:50 PM

Truth is the city of Camden NJ layed off half the police force to bust the FOP union and crime skyrocketed as expected. The city then disbanded the city force entirely and the County created a County force with more cops than the city ever had, so the crime rate is going down because of more cops on patrol at County taxpayers expense instead of city expense. All smoke and mirrors. . .

TheRookie @ 4/4/2014 3:17 AM

njbud it seems to have worked. Lazy Union Officers versus Energetic County Officers; Must be something in the style because it is way more successful than they thought it'd be. Good job Camden County Police.

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