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ELIZABETH, NJ—April 3, 2012 — Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced a 9.4 percent drop in crime for the first quarter in 2012. Figures, compiled by the Elizabeth Police Department in their Crime Index Report, also show a significant drop in burglary and robbery.

“This accomplishment has been achieved by actively combating street crime, honing the power of Block Watch groups and implementing neighborhood policing programs, said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Public safety is one of our biggest priorities in Elizabeth and additional law enforcement means increased services and patrols throughout our communities.”

Earlier this year, the City welcomed 18 new Police recruits to join the Elizabeth Police force later this Spring.   These investments in public safety continue as many large municipalities throughout New Jersey had to lay off police officers and firefighters due to their inability to contain costs. In the City of Elizabeth, there was not a single public safety worker laid off in 2011, in fact they even hired an additional four last year.

In addition to 9.4 percent drop overall this quarter, the Elizabeth Police Crime Index also showed a decrease of more than 9 percent in forcible rape, 13.8 percent in robbery and a considerable drop of 18.2 percent in burglary.

More residents than ever are choosing to call Elizabeth home, and to make sure our neighborhoods are safe and secure, the Elizabeth Police Department has developed several community policing initiatives to protect and serve residents.

The City has developed an extensive block watch program throughout the six Wards. Nineteen Block Watch groups meet regularly to discuss neighborhood issues. The success of the program is attributed to the fact that participants have an opportunity to speak directly with elected officials, police personnel, and fellow citizens in a safe environment about neighborhood issues. Increased safety of neighborhoods and better informed residents are the results of their efforts.

“The Elizabeth Police Department should be commended for keeping crime down and making residents feel a little safer each year,” said Councilman-At-Large Frank Cuesta.  “Our residents expect to be kept safe and that is why we have dedicated men and women putting their lives on the line for us every day, in an effort to make our City safer and more secure.”