Police in Jersey City, N.J., have a plan to deal with a spike in crime, says the New York Times. It includes a retooled computer tracking system for crimes, increased foot and bicycle patrols, and more surveillance cameras throughout the city. On Monday, officials held a community meeting on the changes. The city had 39 murders in 2005, up from 23 in 2004, and more gang activity and drug dealing. A string of high-profile muggings and armed robberies in the city’s gentrifying downtown prompted the Guardian Angels to begin patrols there.
While the city’s downtown has gone upscale, the increase in crime and the media attention it received blindsided leaders, the Times says. Officials commended the gang and narcotics divisions that made thousands of arrests in the past year and a gun buyback program that has netted nearly 900 firearms. The department’s new Web site: njjcpd.org, started on Monday. Forty-six new recruits are scheduled to join in April. “We see our efforts turning the corner in 2006, ” said police chief Robert Troy. “We see absolute success.”