BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Police Department saw a significant decrease in both violent and nonviolent crimes in 2018, continuing a positive multi-year trend that shows enforcement and awareness campaigns are working as intended.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) classify Part I violent crimes as: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto/motor vehicle theft, and arson. Bloomfield Police report 700 Part I crimes committed in 2018, down from 839 such crimes in 2017.
The number of Part I crimes committed in Bloomfield had soared to 1,212 in 2014, following consecutive yearly increases, and threatened to continue rising for years, before the Township of Bloomfield hired former Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio as Bloomfield Police Director (now Director of Public Safety) at the beginning of 2015. DeMaio instituted changes including community policing, strategically assigning officers shifts during the evening hours, meeting daily with police commanders, utilizing crime analysis, crime mapping and predictive policing and demanding more transparency.
“Bringing Director DeMaio on is one of my proudest achievements as Mayor, and a move that immediately paid dividends, as his leadership completely restructured the culture and tactics of the Police Department,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Lower crime rates, higher case closures rates, and fewer negative interactions between citizens and police officers make our town a more desirable place to raise a family and recreate.”
Since 2014, the number of Part I crimes has fallen 28, 4, 1 and 17 percent, respectively, for a 50% decrease. Within that time span, the most dramatic type of crime reduction was the number of robberies, down from 72 in 2014 to 19 in 2018, a 74% decrease. Burglaries are down 68% during that four year stretch, and theft and motor vehicle theft are also down by nearly 50%.
Since 2016, TAPinto Bloomfield has served the residents, organizations, and businesses of Bloomfield. TAPinto Bloomfield is a member of the New Jersey Association. In January 2019, TAPinto Bloomfield was named the 'Official Electronic News Source' of the Bloomfield Board of Education.
Got a news tip? Email us at Bloomfield@TAPinto.net