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PBA Study Finds Gap in Police Coverage Growing

Press Release by NJ State PBA
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Sunday, October 3, 2010  6:15 p.m.


New Jersey State PBA today released the results of a study that reveals a growing gap in police coverage at the municipal level due to a dramatic cut in police manpower. The findings detail significant reductions in overall police staffing, particularly in several of New Jersey’s largest cities. State PBA leadership also again expressed concerns with the impact the 2% property tax cap and the economy will have on public safety.

“In the past 20 months the number of police officers on the streets around New Jersey has dropped by 11% and the avalanche of lost police jobs is expected to continue to grow”, said State PBA President Anthony Wieners. Pointing to today’s layoff of 40 Atlantic City police officers and the potential loss of hundreds of cops in Newark and Trenton PBA President Wieners called the layoffs a dangerous trend that must be stopped. “Law enforcement and public safety throughout the State of New Jersey will be in crisis if cuts to police staffing continues,” Wieners said.

The State PBA pointed to Irvington as an example of crime rising following cuts to police staffing. The PBA research shows that in the month following the layoff of 20 Irvington Police Officers for example that violent crime rose dramatically in the City; homicides 200%, carjacking by 600%, stolen motor vehicles by 68%, robbery by 36%. Violent crime also jumped following the layoff of 20 Atlantic City officers this year and similar crimes are spiking in suburban and urban communities alike. Wieners noted that the Uniform Crime Report shows that police in New Jersey have been doing a good job at keeping crime down but the current trend of decreasing police protection levels is going to undermine past success.

The State PBA is asking for legislative support for a limited exception from the 2% property tax cap for public safety for the next two years. “This is not to say that we don’t recognize the burdens the economic downturn has placed on the State and this is certainly not a partisan issue,” Wieners continued. “There simply must be some protection for law enforcement to ensure the cap doesn’t lead to more dangerous cuts than we’re seeing now.”



Irvington Case Study

Twenty Irvington police officers were laid off on May 21, 2010. The analysis looked at violent crime data from the month prior to the layoffs and the month after the layoffs.

Crime Month prior
to layoffs
after layoffs
Homicide 0 2


Robberies 36 49


Carjacking 1 6



Auto Theft 31 52




  • 2 persons were shot in the month prior to the layoffs

  • 8 persons were shot in the month after layoffs


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