TRENTON – Senator Fred H. Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester, today released the following statement regarding the state of policing and the safety of the residents of Camden city during a joint public hearing of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee:
“One of the major issues plaguing the city of Camden is the lack of safety for its residents. An abundance of crime and the lack of ability to be free in the neighborhood where you reside have a direct effect on local commerce and development. If people don’t feel safe, they are not going to venture out and support local business, nor will residents of neighboring towns come into the city to do business.
“What Camden needs is a sustained commitment to the development of state of the art concepts in urban policing to help bring about much needed change. Camden’s police officers are stretched to the limit trying to help maintain order in the city, but they can’t do it alone. We as legislators must continue to stand behind Camden to help make sure that its people and the city itself receive the funding and support necessary to help return Camden to the bustling, progressive city it once was.”