For close followers of Newark politics, Mayor Ras Baraka’s announcement on Monday of an action plan to fight violent crime following a rough Thanksgiving weekend was in one way deja vu.
Baraka, along with Newark Police Director Eugene Venable, announced the opening of a new police precinct, known as the First Precinct, meant to help alleviate crime in Newark, particularly in the city’s Central Ward.
During his unsuccessful mayoral bid earlier this year, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. detailed one component of his public safety plan, dated October 2013, that is quite similar to what Baraka outlined on Monday.
“Each ward in Newark deserves to have [its] own police precinct. However, the Central Ward is currently covered by three different police precincts. Anibal Ramos would create a fifth police precinct in the Central Ward and reestablish the boundaries of existing precincts so they are aligned with each of the city’s five wards,” Ramos’ plan states.
At the time, the Baraka campaign stated that their public safety plan would offer a “much more comprehensive approach.”