Amid the discussion of police reform in America one particular city is finding itself dominating the headlines. In 2012, Camden N.J took on the daunting task of undoing and then redoing its approach to large-scale policing.
As a result per city officials, violent crimes have now plummeted more than 40% citywide. Compared to the old department — police now say that their more community-like approach to policing has significantly helped them re-engage with their residents.
Interestingly, cops were once widely feared in Camden especially along with the city’s once oddly named Heroin Highway. These days amid declining crime rates (sans a few typical issues), Camden police now host community pop-up bbq’s; drive-in movie nights and other events alongside members of their local community.