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Should State Troopers Be Used to Patrol Individual Towns?

Newark becomes second New Jersey city in less than a year to deploy State Troopers for extra patrolling.

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Dozens of New Jersey State Troopers were reassigned last week and are now patrolling the streets of Newark as part of a program named TIDE-TAG.

The program was designed to thwart the amount of violent crimes taking place in the state’s largest city, following a record year of homicides that saw 111 residents slain.

Read the full story here.

In July 2013 the state deployed the same program in Trenton as homicides and violent crimes skyrocketed in the early part of the year. Incidents decreased dramatically in Trenton after the program began.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman has committed $2.2 million in state funds, federal Department of Justice grants, and criminal forfeiture funds to support the program, which is expected to last several months.

But should New Jersey be using state police to patrol individual cities or towns? Should enforcement be left to the municipality’s own devices? Do you support programs like the ones being used in Newark and, previously, Trenton? Is it worth the resources?

Linda Maloney April 23, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Thanks@Mr.Happy I wasn't quite sure what role they would play! Agree with you, it would work temporarily!
Spooner April 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM
@Joey Joe-yea whatever happened to our 'Proud'. . . probably 'FIMF the II' in disguise? And that AAP in Michigan wasn't about the plan itself, but about the residents of the state having the right to change it's Constitution having too do with AA.
Linda Maloney April 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Oh MY!!! This thread has some potential after all. So we all meet again; @grace, @Joey Joe, @ Mr. Happy. @Spooner and @Linda Maloney, who is missing?
Joey Joe April 24, 2014 at 05:22 AM
@Linda Maloney, @Spooner - Hiya Linda, Hiya Grace, Hiya Spooner... Yeah I was away for most of the winter... and had limited access to "The Patch." When I retired I sold my business to a couple of guys who worked for me - they got a VERY BIG order and asked if I'd come back for a couple of months to help them out - I felt compelled to help them given the fact that they had always been very devoted and dedicated employee's when I owned the business and had to help them out so off I went - now that the order is filled I'm back to retirement again.... FEELS GOOD !!!!!! @Spooner, yes you are totally correct I re-read my post re: Michigan and AAP - and realized that I worded it wrong...my bad as it were...and yes, I do agree that 'FIMF II' and 'Proud' are one in the same. I don't know why 'Proud' disappeared and haven't noted FIMF II posting these last few days/week.... SO, who knows what the deal is.
Linda Maloney April 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM
@Joey Joe It certainly is good hearing from you! I saw you on this thread and another I was on earlier, I should have said "HELLO" earlier, but people always yell at me for getting off-topic (I'm starting not to care what people think) it's ok occasionally to stray. I've missed having us all on the same thread like we used to, it was always enjoyable, humorous and quite entertaining! These past few days were the first time in awhile that I saw spooner and Mr. Happy posting in quite some time, I know they don't always see eye to eye, but both are intelligent and have much to offer! I've been on many threads with Grace all winter and I've always enjoyed exchanges with her. I wouldn't worry about FIMF II missing, maybe just taking a break! Perhaps we all will meet again on another thread and really throw "Patch World" upside down? P.S. How long do you think it will be before we gat chastised for being off topic? LOL

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