Newark to Hire 100 Police Officers to Stem Rising Violent Crime

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014  |  Updated 2:03 PM EDT
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Newark Closes on Deadliest Year Since '06

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Newark Closes on Deadliest Year Since '06

As the city of Newark closes on its deadliest year since 2006, residents and community leaders are pushing for a show of force against violence. Michael George reports.
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Newark Mayor Luis Quintana and law enforcement officials are announcing measures to combat the city's rising violent crime rate, including the hiring of 100 police officers.

They're scheduled to give details at a news conference Tuesday.

In addition to hiring more cops, the city plans to add new police vehicles, including 26 new SUVs and 10 unmarked cars.

Police department statistics showed Newark topped 100 murders in 2013, the first time that has happened since 2007. Police say 111 people were murdered in Newark last year, including five who had been shot the year before but died in 2013, and one person was killed inside a prison.

The murder rate had dropped to 67 in 2008 but has since risen steadily.

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