“What's crucial to note is that we engaged the neighborhood,” said former Mayor Dana Redd, who was at the helm when the city was having to make some very hard choices about its authorities department.At the time, the department was facing millions of dollars in budget deficits and serious concerns about the department's struggling relationship with its citizenry.
“Throughout the entire process we were having a continuous discussion with the community and public safety and the brand-new policing paradigm,” said Redd.
“We had a public security crisis and it was time for massive modification, a complete about-face in public security,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.Redd and Cappelli took a lot of heat for pushing to dissolve the city's cops department and changed it was a Camden County Department not bound to authorities union guidelines and limitations.”Our brand-new officers understand that there is no room for
mistake. You respect the people that you serve, you fall in partnership with them. That is what we are about. We are guardians, not warriors,” said Cappelli. Considering that the change, criminal offense in Camden is down considerably. Grievances against cops are down by 95%and homeowners now paint a different photo of how they see their authorities and living in Camden.”I mean I like it now, it's improving, no more problems like in the past.
A few issues, few, “said Blanca Figueroa. “We do not have no issues over here, everything is peaceful, respectable so far,”stated Shirley Washington.Redd states she is very happy that almost immediately recently, Camden's police chief and locals were marching together for change in law enforcement. She says it's badly needed throughout the nation.”Not in opposition, however together or uniformity and in unity to protest what happened to George Floyd,”she said.Even so, both Redd and Cappelli say it's not mission achieved. They have more work to do however are pleased that
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