Newark Police bolster ranks, hire nine laid-off police officers

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on November 11, 2013

The Newark Police Department added nine new police officers to its ranks after Police Director Samuel DeMaio (above) hired back several cops who were laid-off by the Newark and Camden Police Departments in 2010 and 2011.

 

NEWARK — The state's largest police department welcomed nine new officers to its ranks during a City Hall ceremony last week, allowing the officers to return to work after they were laid-off in 2010, officials said.

Five of the officers were laid off by Newark Police during a massive public works purge in 2010, and the other four were laid off by Camden when the city lost half of its police force during a round of layoffs in January of 2011, according to Sgt. Ronald Glover, a city police spokesman.

“I congratulate the newly appointed police officers as they continue their law enforcement careers as one of Newark’s Finest. I also challenge them to go beyond the call of duty as they serve and protect the citizens of Newark,” Police Director Samuel DeMaio said in a statement.

The officers were sworn in during a Friday ceremony attended by DeMaio, Acting Mayor Luis Quintana and Police Chief Sheilah Coley, Glover said.

The city's newest cops recently finished a three-week training course that focused on dealing with "active shooter" situations and self-defense tactics, according to Glover.

All nine officers will be immediately deployed to patrol city streets, Glover said.

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commented 2013-11-12 09:19:06 -0800
Newark need the National Guard to control the streets. Nine officers will not be enough to assist in controlling the massive state of crimes being committed. Crime is by far going to quadruple because of the holidays.