Treated as a ‘public health’ issue, Newark violent crime fell 6% in 2022

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Crime in Newark fell 2% overall this year, with double-digit declines in murder, rape and the number of shooting victims, Mayor Ras Baraka announced Friday, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with New Jersey’s attorney general and other state, federal, county and city law enforcement officials. Flanked by a phalanx of police brass and civilian leaders gathered in Newark, Baraka thanked his new public safety director, Fritz Fragé, and the city’s partners in crime prevention at every level of government. The mayor attributed the declining violence to his administration’s approach to crime as a public…

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