Seven Class II officers become full-time Atlantic City police

Seven Class II Atlantic City officers are now full-time officers after a swearing-in ceremony Friday. The city had 72 Special Law Enforcement Officers out of 90 it is approved to hire. The officers work limited hours and are paid $15 an hour with no benefits. The move was allowed to happen because Atlantic City is no longer under Civil Service requirements as part of the state takeover. Prior to that, any Class IIs would still
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Atlantic City’s junior police have fun while learning discipline

Jixelys Tapia says she’s always been shy. So this summer, the Atlantic City 10-year-old decided to go outside her comfort zone and join the Atlantic City Junior Police Academy. Just one week into the two-week program, she’s seen a difference. “I have friends and I’m not as shy as I was before,” she said Friday, as the first week came to an end. In its fourth year, the academy allows a mix of education, physical
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Numbers show predictive policing working in Atlantic City, professor says

Predictive policing is working in Atlantic City, according to statistics for the first three months of the program. Shootings and homicides were down 7 percent and robberies 27 percent from February through April, said Rutgers Professor Joel Caplan who developed the system. Risk Terrain Modeling is a new way of looking at crime that focuses on what attracts crime to a certain area rather than the people who live in or frequent there. The model
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Judge hearing arguments on ACPD contract changes

Judge Julio Mendez is once again deciding the fate of a public safety contract in Atlantic City. The city’s police union was in court Monday to try to keep the state from imposing proposed changes, that include cuts to pay, increased hours and the loss of 19 positions. Mendez said he was saddened that the union and the state — who at times seemed close to an agreement — had drifted so far apart. Atlantic
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