When Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea shared his plans with the Jersey City Chapter of the NAACP to decrease crime in Jersey City, he made it clear that he strongly disagrees with how NJ hires police officers.
Shea is a former NYPD Deputy Police Chief.
He then stated the problems he is facing with attrition and recruitment.
Currently they have 790 officers, 41 in the academy and 25 going into the academy. He explains why since they hired 150 officers they only gained 10 new officers.
For diversity in the police force, he highlighted that the first African-American has been promoted to lieutenant in 10 years, since current Jersey City NAACP President Bill Braker and ex-Jersey City Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham, held the position – in addition to 10 African-American sergeants.
Director Shea also announced their plans for increased recruitment initiatives in the African-American community by establishing a recruitment office in the MLK Hub.
In light of the recent shots fired by Snyder High School this past week, the topic of school and student safety was also discussed.
President William Braker also addressed his major concern on how crime affects the economy in Ward F.