Killings in Newark Drop, but a Sense of Fear Persists
The drop in homicides may be the biggest success story for Newark in 2008. I’m starting to get excited about what 2009 will look like for Newark, should the trend continue into next year.
Mr. McCarthy said he did not ask Mr. Booker to substantially increase Newark’s police force of about 1,000 officers, opting first to increase efficiency, “like a corporation.”
“If you saw a map of crime in Newark, you wouldn’t even need another map to see the boundaries of the city because crime was so widespread,” said George L. Kelling, a criminal justice professor at Rutgers in Newark and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. “It was hard to focus resources.” Mr. McCarthy said he had assigned more patrols at night, particularly on weekends, when homicides most often occur, and had asked county, state and federal agencies for additional help, which led to the deployment of 300 more law enforcement officers on the streets.
The extra patrols have made an impression. “You got more cops on the streets, ain’t as many places to hustle,” said T. J. Hughuy, 26, who said he had recently returned to Newark after more than two years in prison on a drug conviction. “Made me realize I got to get a job,” said Mr. Hughuy, who is now a welder.