A team of federal marshals will target the 50 most dangerous criminals in Camden, N.J., as federal agencies work with city police, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Rewards of $1,000 will be offered for tips leading to the arrests of those considered Camden’s most dangerous offenders. Those who use firearms will be singled out for federal prosecution, and federal law enforcement officials will work to track down where the guns came from. The efforts were announced by New Jersey U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. “It’s time to make Camden a safer city,” he said. “The time for studies and commissions is over. The time for endless discussions is over. It is time to act.” Christie said the level of federal involvement in fighting crime in Camden would be without precedent.
U.S. Marshal James Plousis said marshals would go after fugitives wanted for gun and other violent crimes for which there are tough penalties under federal law with no chance of parole. “If you leave, we’re still going to get you,” he warned, referring to the marshals’ national jurisdiction. The cooperative effort will be coordinated through Camden’s federal Weed and Seed program, chaired by Police Chief Edwin Figueroa.