One day after Trenton Mayor Tony Mack announced his comprehensive public safety plan, the city's police unions, crime watch group, and police commanders took issue with portions of the strategy as questions remained as to how the goals would be implemented and funded, reports the Times of Trenton. In a department reeling from layoffs and budget cuts, a plan to put all available officers to work for 48 hours, for example, would quickly drain the shrinking overtime budget, Capt. Fred Reister said. Mack said the “All Hands on Deck” initiative would allow officers to be recalled during spikes in crime.
Trenton laid off one-third of its police officers last September, and since then has struggled to keep manpower levels on the street up. Yesterday, Mack stood by the plan, but added it was a work in progress. “If somebody can present something better, it can be changed,” he said. “I think it's a great opportunity for us to solve a major issue in our city, and everyone I've spoken to today is excited about the comprehensive approach we're taking and excited about the positive outcome.”