Newark Star Ledger: Murders drop in Newark, 1st time since ’02
Not only have murders declined since last year, but so have total shootings, according to police. As of last Sunday, the number of gun attacks had dropped from 423 to 326, and the number of shooting victims had dropped from 493 to 383.
Those numbers caught the attention of the Police Executive Research Forum, a sort of law enforcement think tank in Washington D.C. In a report published last month, PERF singled out Newark as one of several cities with dramatic turnarounds in violent crime.
Most of the successful police departments have become more nimble, PERF says, in part by deploying high-tech problem-solving initiatives, like the Compstat crime-analysis program and public surveillance cameras. Newark is heavily invested in both.
“I think it’s fair to say that Newark is one of those cities that is getting its hands around the problem,” Executive Director Chuck Wexler said.
Positive story about Newark crime stats which also takes into account the troubling anecdotal evidence that, while crime is down overall, the city continues to battle the plague of a high murder rate.