CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Police Chief Phil Crosson Jr. reported that crime is down 22 percent since the start of 2016 and that the department is close to hiring an additional officer for the force in the near future at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday.

Crosson said (see video below) he received the the Uniform Crime Report on Monday from the state police, showing a 22 percent decrease in crime in the borough from Jan. 1 through September.

The council had approved the hiring of two police officers in 2013 and Crosson indicated that the council recently found resources for the hiring of another officer. The applications are being accepted through Oct. 28 and the interviews for the position will follow.

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"We'll be using that additional officer for busy shifts during the daytime hours when officers are tied up with traffic accidents and other duties," Crosson said. "That's our focus right now.

"We've enriched public safety in a variety of areas. We continue to assign a community services officer to the downtown area, which serves as a deterrent. That same officer gets up to the train station to give us a presence there as well."

Crosson also reported that more patrols are being made at borough schools and that data is being used to target traffic issues and crime areas.

"There are always crime trends, but we are using more data to target our policing,"  Crosson said. "What's helping is that we're trying to do more data-driven policing rather than random policing. We use statistical data. We'll use speed devices to actually track where speeding is occurring. We also look for crime areas based on patterns and crime information coming out of the county."

Chatham Borough Police Chief Phil Crosson Jr. reports that crime is down 22 percent in town since Jan. 1, 2016