EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayoral Candidate Ted R. Green has begun mapping out a plan to improve public safety in East Orange that includes upgrading existing technology and adding police patrols in the city, particularly in areas that have seen an uptick in crime.
Over the last several years, crime has steadily decreased in East Orange. The overall rate has fallen more than 70 percent over the last several years and is now in line with the national average. “While we have experienced decreases, criminal activity of any kind is not acceptable,” Green said, “Over the last two months I have had an opportunity to listen to the people directly and one of the issues at the top of their list is taking steps to further decrease crime and to improve overall public safety in the community. These conversations will help inform me and my administration on public safety issues most important to you.”
Green said, police presence and visibility are important in keeping any criminal activity low, which is why the Council President and Mayoral hopeful is exploring ways to increase evening foot patrols. As Mayor, Green plans to occasionally participate in evening foot patrols to continue his dialogue with the public and to bring greater visibility to his plan for zero tolerance for crime and expanded police coverage.
In addition, Green plans to move forward on existing plans to improve technology to address crime and to keep communities safe. He said, "As Mayor, I plan to push to utilize the latest technologies and innovations that will help us fight crime. In my role as President of the City Council, we have been working to support the work of the police department and to invest in technology that will help to keep our communities safer. I am also exploring ways to improve the Fire Department, as well.”
Green added, “Our strategy for technology improvements include installation of new cameras, upgrading the dashboard that will allow us to identify and address criminal activity, upgrade the 911 system, purchase body cameras and include social media to identify, report and reduce criminal activity.”
In addition, the new CAD/MRS (Computer Aided Dispatch/Records Management System) will enhance the improvement of intelligence so crime can be anticipated and avoided. More cameras in those problem areas will only help, according to Green. The education of officers and supervisors will also add to the ability to recognize criminal situations before they happen. The current technology like gunshot detection, license plate detection and the use of state provided intelligence can be improved, as well.
Green added, "I just can't emphasize enough the impact multiple cameras will have on officers responding quicker and smarter to a crime scene or being ahead of potential criminal activity." Green also added that additional technologies for police learning will result in a more qualified and informed staff, improving the overall intelligence of the staff, that will lead to better preparing deterrents.
East Orange was one of the first cities in the country to incorporate technology into policing. "It's time for an upgrade; the times demand it; the citizens have requested it and the police department deserves the best tools available to conduct their work."
In addition, Green said he plans to also explore ways to better connect police and community through expanding community policing initiatives and programs aimed at connecting the police and East Orange youth.
Joining Ted Green on Line A are: Chris James, First Ward Council Candidate, Ronal Bullock, Second Ward Council Candidate, Bergson Leneus, Third Ward Council Candidate, Tyshammie Cooper, Fourth Ward Council Candidate and Alicia Holman, Fifth Ward Council Candidate. Election Day is Tuesday, June 6.
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