4 Large-scale Police Operations Net 103 Arrests in Jersey City
JERSEY CITY – More than 100 people have been arrested this spring in four large-scale operations by Jersey City police — and the plainclothes sweeps and high-visibility patrols will continue through the summer, officials said yesterday. "The success of these operations demonstrates the effectiveness of both (Public Safety) Director James Shea and (Police) Chief Robert Cowan, as well as the hard work of the men and women of the Police Department," Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said of the 103 arrests.
"We will aggressively continue these operations throughout the summer to enhance public safety and ensure that our neighborhoods remain safe for all of our residents." Between 70 and 100 officers participated in the sweeps that targeted areas of the city where public safety data have shown a greater need for police resources. Last summer, similar sweeps resulted in more than 200 arrests, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.
Jersey City officials did not specify where the sweeps occurred. The 103 arrests were for a variety of offenses, including drug offenses. The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office participated in the operations. In addition to the increased patrols and special operations, the Jersey City Ceasefire Unit, which was formed last summer, is continuing to have success and has closed 43 percent of cases investigated in the past nine months, Morrill said.
The Ceasefire Unit responds to non-fatal shootings, quickly gathers evidence, preserves crime scenes and interviews witnesses. "The detectives in the Ceasefire Unit are gathering valuable information that is helping us not only solve non-fatal shootings, but is assisting us in preventing other crimes before they happen," Shea said. The high-visibility patrols the police department has deployed include officers on foot patrol, bicycle patrol, motorcycles and in patrol cars. They are often augmented by plainclothes units that collect intelligence when uniform officers make arrests, Morrill said.
"Each day, in collaboration with the commanders in each district, we assess the staffing needs and assign officers based on the data we have analyzed," Cowan said. "This provides us the flexibility to move officers and address the particular needs of each community."