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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Camden Turns Around With New Police Force"

From The New York Times:

But mostly, the police have changed their culture. Officers have been moved from desk jobs and squad cars onto walking beats, in what Chief J. Scott Thomson likens to a political campaign to overcome years of mistrust. Average response time is now 4.4 minutes, down from more than 60 minutes, and about half the average in many other cities. The number of open-air drug markets has been cut nearly in half. The department, the Camden County Police, even created its first cold-case unit.

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