New Jersey Murder Capital Sinks Trenton Return (LA PARKER COLUMN) – Trentonian

Just as city officials stood ready to voice an improvement over a drop in one-person homicides, Trenton tied last year’s record 40th murder on Friday night.

Like it or not, Trenton has become a violent place, earning a deplorable identification as the “murder capital of New Jersey”.

Such titles never coincide with revitalization or major investments made by the private sector. The violence, the more the scourge, the more pathetic politicians, shattered by a rejection of educational values, usually mean a significant decline.

First of all, an admission about this current roster of government officials – no, it’s not exactly creme brulee or creme de la creme. None of them.

In fact, have no objection to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy assuming total government control of Plantation Trenton.

I came across an interesting article published by NJ.com. The December article attempted to make sense of murder rates in major cities in Garden State.

Camden, once named New Jersey’s most violent town, has seen a steady decline in homicides and violence.

Remember, Camden disbanded its police force in 2012. Officials formed the Camden Subway Division of the Camden County Police Department. Hundreds of officers were made redundant and forced to reapply following re-training and psychological assessments.

Police chief Gabe Rodriguez told NJ.com news outlet he recognized “a strong trend line (downward in homicides) that has been consistent for four years now.”

“That said, our success in continuing to reduce crime rests on the officers on the streets and their partnerships with residents, clergy and civic leaders in a unified effort to build a better city.”

“Without these partnerships, we would not be as effective as an agency and we would not be at a 68% reduction in homicides since 2012,” he added.

Rodriguez assures that the positive interactions between the police and members of the community can have an impact on the fight against crime.

Meanwhile, Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson, who has held the post since May, said the majority of his tenure was to “strengthen relationships with partner county, state and government agencies. federal government so that it is not just the Trenton Police Department that is fighting crime. “

While many New Jersey police departments have undergone significant changes in law enforcement initiatives, including building better relationships with community members, Trenton is strengthening relationships with other agencies d ‘law application.

The police-strengthening movement included an endorsement from the Frankish owners of Mercer County for the purchase of an armored vehicle for its police force.

Purchased in 2019 with the promise that the vehicle would only be used in serious law enforcement situations such as sniper, hostage negotiations, bomb threats, mass shootings, etc., the simple fact owning the armored vehicle sends a message of strength to a potential militarization movement.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora keeps talking about a real-time crime center that opened last May.

The $ 4.5 million investment, a partnership with the New Jersey State Police, has received rave reviews albeit despite all the bells and whistles associated with new technology, gunfire detection , CCTV and crime intelligence gathering, the Trenton murders have increased.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined the police power play in May with this recognition on social media.

“I just visited the New Jersey State Police and Trenton Police Department Real-Time Crime Center, a vital partnership that helps keep our capital safe.”

Prepare for a law enforcement response that features real-time stats that will make your head spin.

Trenton will need years to shake this label of violence, especially when some of the murders gain national attention.

In the end, we will never stop because of this serious social problem which requires an honest assessment of whether parents, or their absence, combined with misguided government and law enforcement strategies, are helping the disappearance of our city.

LA Parker is a columnist from Trenton. Find him on Twitter @ LAParker6 or email him at [email protected]