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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 Management 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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Atlantic City police have eyes on the city from new surveillance center

Inside a room filled with monitors, retired Atlantic City Patrolman John Loughney is once again patrolling the city. Loughney is one of nine veteran officers who has returned to work as a Special Law Enforcement Officer, of SLEO, working an hourly rate without benefits to once again watch over the city. The $12 million system funded through the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority lets the officers link into cameras throughout, that includes private cameras that they have been granted access to, including
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Virtual patrol leads to real arrests in Atlantic City

An Atlantic City police officer found a stolen car thanks to the new surveillance center. Officer Roderick Gaines was conducting a virtual patrol at 9:22 p.m. Saturday from the center inside the Public Safety Building when he saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day on the beach block of Texas Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Officers Ryan Kov and Rashawn Cochran went there, and found the car with two men
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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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Alleged leader of Atlantic County drug- and gun-trafficking ring will be held pending trial

An Egg Harbor City man who faces life in prison as the alleged leader of a drug- and gun-trafficking network will be held pending trial, a judge ruled during a detention hearing Tuesday. Kenneth Burrell, 39, was one of 16 people arrested last week in a multi-agency investigation that led to the seizure of 21 firearms, more than 10,000 bags of heroin and fentanyl, and 10 ounces of cocaine. Under the new bail reform, the
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Pleasantville police officer rescues man from burning car

A Pleasantville police officer rescued an elderly driver after the man’s car caught fire following an accident. Police and firefighters responded to the parking lot of a business at Delilah Road and Atlantic Avenue at 1:18 p.m. for the report of some trapped in a burning vehicle, Capt. Matt Hartman said. Detective Adam Brownlee arrived to find the engine of a car fully engulfed and the fire spreading to the passenger side. Someone was trying
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Pleasantville police talk down man threatening to jump from overpass

Pleasantville police talked a man down who threatened to jump from the sign at the Atlantic City Expressway overpass Friday afternoon. The man, whose name is not being released, climbed the overpass at about 4:10 p.m. Patrolman Charlie Ellis with help from Patrolman John Payne negotiated with him to get him to come down, Capt. Matt Hartman said. The incident closed the expressway eastbound for about a half-hour. The man finally agreed to come down
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