TRENTON – Attorney General Paula Dow refused to say Thursday whether the cities Newark and Camden have police departments of sufficient size to deal with crime.
“I’m not in a position to say if it’s at the right size,” Dow said before an Assembly Budget Committee.
Both cities saw massive layoffs in their respective police departments. Newark laid off more than 160 officers, which resulted in significant increases in many types of crime.
Camden eventually hired back several of its laid off officers but is still short.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli, (D-3), of West Deptford, said more people are needed for each department, saying there comes a point where “academic exercises” work only so far, and officers are needed to fill the void.
Dow stressed the importance of departments seeking resources from her office and counties, as well as looking into forming regional forces.