TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s capital city will continue to get help from state law enforcement in its efforts to stem a recent wave of violence.
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said Thursday he will continue State Police deployments in Trenton and support other anti-violence initiatives.
Trenton set a record in August for the most homicides in a year. At least 32 people have been killed in 2013, and more than 150 people have been shot in a city of nearly 85,000.
Targeted law enforcement deployment surges and initiatives called TIDE and TAG have helped reduce the number of killings, Hoffman said.
“It is clear that the surge in state troopers and other law enforcement in Trenton, and the threat of aggressive prosecutions for those who carry guns, have led to reduced violence, including nearly a full month without a murder,” Hoffman said, noting that no homicides had been recorded in September.
The attorney general’s office will also be providing $1.1 million over the next three years to fund the newly launched Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy.
State officials are working with their federal and local counterparts to try and staunch a surge of gun violence in the city.
The increase comes two years after Trenton laid off 105 police officers and demoted 27 others because of budget woes. With 241 officers, the department is at its lowest staffing levels anyone can remember, Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. said in August.
Attempts to help Trenton financially have been complicated by the federal indictment of the city’s mayor, Tony Mack, on federal corruption charges.