New Jersey State Police Vet Appointed To Lead Newark Department of Public Safety

The newly appointed director said he looks forward getting started on the job.

“It is my distinct honor to serve the people of the City of Newark as Public Safety Director. I am most grateful to Mayor Ras J. Baraka for the confidence he has shown in me,” Fragé said. “I look forward to moving his vision forward for the benefit of our city’s residents.”

Fragé's skill set includes operational, analytic and intelligence expertise, including cyber-crime, counter-terrorism, undercover operations, and drug enforcement.

He also has experience in working with gun violence and homicide, two areas that Newark experienced an uptick in last year compared to 2020.

According to data reported by city officials, violent crime in Newark rose by 4% in 2021 compared to 2020, with homicides up by 6%. Non-fatal shootings also rose by 13% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to authorities.

Additionally, the new director served an important role in the establishment of three Real Time Crime Centers, including one housed at the Newark Police headquarters. The facilities are used to leverage partnerships and apply technology to provide real-time operational intelligence to the law enforcement community.

Earlier in his law enforcement career, Fragé served as a task force officer with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he conducted nationally classified investigations of individuals actively engaged in domestic and/or international terrorism activities. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree from Seton Hall University. He immigrated to the United States from Haiti in 1974 and is fluent in French (Creole).

"His background makes him the right person to lead and bring Newark’s Public Safety Department to a higher level," Baraka said.

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published this page in News and Politics 2022-08-02 03:33:09 -0700