Camden, New Jersey, created a brand new police force to forge better ties with its residents & crime falls to lowest level in 50 years.

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I would love to see more of the numbers, how they deal with the more serious offense etc. But other then that descelation training and interacting with the community sound like great ways to improve the police force.


I’m familiar with this from living in Camden for three years during law school back when this happened and keeping track ever since. Definitely uplifting news, but it could have been done better. Too much emphasis on broken window policing and surveillance. A lot of money should have gone to organizations that would divert police work by doing outreach work to help addicts, sex workers, and anyone struggling with poverty. It is still a great model. We need to learn from the successes as well as the shortcomings. **Most importantly, we need to do this when a police force is failing as an institution, not just when we run out of money.**


Is it correct that Camden’ new force is not represented by a union?


Ok I’m going to be that guy. Not familiar with the area, was this a low crime middle class town or a lower class ghetto that has been transformed.