Jersey City swore in 28 new police officers at City Hall this afternoon, bringing the department over 950 active members.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Rebuilding the police department has been our top priority to enhance public safety. We set an aggressive goal to reach 950 officers citywide while diversifying the department to better reflect the community,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“To date, we’re surpassing these goals, and as a result, we’re seeing significant improvements in nearly every aspect of our police department, including expanding public safety and strengthening police/community relations.”
According to the mayor’s office, over 70 percent of the 740 police officers hired since 2013 have been minorities. To that end, today’s class is 90 percent minorities, including 14 Hispanic officers, eight African American officers, 2 Middle Eastern officers, and one Asian-American officer.
When Fulop took office in 2013, there were 779 officers in the department.
“We hired hundreds of police officers since the start of this administration, and as a result, we’ve been able to significantly enhance public safety with increased foot patrols and more visibility in the areas where we need it most,” added Public Safety Director James Shea.
“As we meet and exceed the goals we originally set for our police department, we remain committed to further building upon our efforts to improve public safety, reduce crime, and increase community relations.”
As they join the force, the new officers are assigned to foot patrols, primarily in the South and West Districts, to enhance visibility and expand community policing, officials said.