Camden Drug Crimes on the Decline
The Camden County Police Department, which is tasked with policing Camden NJ as the primary law enforcement agency for the entire county, has been cracking down on drug crimes in the city over the past year or so. The result of this focus by law enforcement on drug crimes, such as marijuana distribution, cocaine distribution, and heroin possession, has been a noticeable decline in the total number of violent crimes in Camden, New Jersey.
Statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regularly show that Camden NJ has among the highest crime rates in the U.S. every year. This is particularly true with respect to violent crimes, which include murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, armed robbery, burglary, and auto theft.
The high crime rates in Camden NJ have prompted stricter enforcement of drug crime laws in the city. Potential offenders seem to be getting the message and adjusting their behavior accordingly: there was a sharp decline in violent crimes during the first three months of 2017. Camden County law enforcement officials have attributed this decrease in overall crime to the crackdown on drug offenders – since drug activity is often linked to violent crimes like murder and assault.
Lou Cappelli, the Camden County Freeholder director, recently spoke to the media about the latest crime stats and said that one reason for the success of Camden County cops is community policing efforts with Camden, NJ. One goal of the community police initiative in Camden is to give local residents easier access to police officers. When residents see the same law enforcement officers on a regular basis, they tend to feel more comfortable about reporting crimes.
Additionally, with more and more Camden cops walking daily beats in certain crime-ridden areas of the city, drug dealers and other individuals are likely thinking twice before committing drug crimes or engaging in other types of criminal activity.
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