Camden County Metropolitan Police Department officers go on duty. (Photo: Camden County)

Camden County Metropolitan Police Department officers go on duty. (Photo: Camden County)

One year after the city of Camden, N.J. was among the nation’s most violent cities, officials have found a way to lower crime and the cost of fighting it.

It’s been six months since Camden’s police were replaced by the Camden County Metropolitan Police Department, the first regional police force created in New Jersey. As of Dec. 1, homicides have dropped 20 percent in the city, records show, while burglaries and robberies have also fallen significantly. Overall crime is down 14 percent, the Star-Ledger reports.

 

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