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New Street Crimes Unit Will Target Crime Near Orange Border

West Orange Police Department will deploy dedicated officers to address crime "hot spots."

Mayor Robert D. Parisi announced this week that the Township has formed a specialized Street Crimes Unit under the direction of the West Orange Police Department, to address a recent uptick in criminal activity in some sections of town.

"We have had a spike in crime in the areas of town that border Orange," said Parisi. "We are doing what we have to do to address these issues."

Parisi said the police department would move shifts around to reallocate four police officers -- a Sergeant and three officers -- to the Street Crimes Unit. He said the change would not impact the Department’s current number of police patrol units.

The township has been working closely with the town of Orange on the issue, he said, and will continue to do so.

Parisi said the spike in crime in those areas was a relatively recent occurrence. He stated in the release that despite an overall drop in crime during the first half of the year, the Unit will take "an aggressive approach to make our streets safer."

“These densely populated neighborhoods have become known as hot spots for crime,” said Police Chief James P. Abbott in the release. “The best way to deal with criminal activity in the same area is by having extra police presence to respond quickly.”

Last week, a man was beaten and robbed on Valley Road at the Orange border.

"We all live in this town and we see there are points of concern," Parisi said. "We want residents to know that we are doing everything we can to make people feel safe."

West Oranger October 15, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Tom, black perpetrators are a reflection of what culture, exactly? And your solution is to assume that every black citizen is a criminal, so they should be stopped and frisked, despite the unconstitutionality of it? Just stop it. Crime is high in areas that have high poverty and drug abuse rates, period. I hate the way any discussion about crime in this town devolves into racism. Maybe if you didn't treat your fellow townspeople like "others," we'd be able to resolve the crime issue.
badbul October 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Tom, just because they were black, doesn't mean that you can stop and frisk every black person that walks the streets or drives there vehicle down Main Street. look at the NYPD's track record of "lawsuits", from the "Stop and Frisk Program". It cost money to defend these lawsuits and it's the tax payer that the police department gets the money from. Stop and Frisk won't work in WO.
Tom October 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
West Oranger, To answer your question, Black culture in Essex County. In high crime areas "Stop and Frisk" should be implemented to serve as a deternent and protect West Orange citizens. I would appreciate people not play "The Race Card" To answer a few of your questions... 1. black culture 2.
Sylvia October 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Whatever the street crime unit is doing, is not working out yet! My neighbor's house just got burglarized today during the day and the criminals ("the others") got away with cash and all jewelry...........
roman siguenza October 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Tom's views are very offensive. Thank goodness people like him make up a minority of the people I know and value in this community.

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