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Mayo Baraka and Public Safety Director Ambrose Announce Citizen/Clergy Patrol

Newark, NJ – November 21, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose today announced an expansion of Citizen/Clergy Police Patrols at a press conference at the Faith Center Church at 998 South Orange Avenue. The patrols, part of Newark’s strategy to build community/police trust and engagement, partner Newark Police officers with local clergy members and citizens. The clergy members, numbering nearly 100, represent a wide variety of faiths, including Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Jews and others. They all are active members of the city’s Clergy Alliance and will participate in the program between the…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose will Participate in “A Critical Conversation about Race and Policing” on Monday September 12

  Newark, NJ—September 9, 2016—Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose will join other comma city and law enforcement leaders in “A Critical Conversation About Race and Policing” on Monday, September 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater. The center is located at 1 Center Street in downtown Newark. The discussion will focus on the national wave of fatal police shootings and the violence that followed, and steps that can transform the relationship between police officers and the communities they serve, to reduce police shootings and improve law…

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Mayor Ras J.Baraka and City of Newark to Promote 12 Firefighters in Higher Ranks at Ceremony on Friday, September 9

Newark, NJ – September 7, 2016 – Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni will promote 12 Newark Firefighters into higher ranks in a public ceremony on Friday, September 9, at 1 p.m., at Calvary Gospel Church. The church is located at 17 Lyons Avenue in the City’s South Ward. The Fire Division will promote four Deputy Chiefs, three Battalion Chiefs and five Captains during the swearing-in event. “It is always a proud day for the City of Newark and a privilege for me to promote deserving firefighters into higher…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City of Newark Swear in Police Chief Darnell Henry

Newark, NJ –- August 5, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose swore in Police Chief Darnell Henry at a ceremony today at Newark Tech Essex County Vocational School, located at 92 West Market Street. Chief Henry, who has been serving as Acting Chief since his appointment earlier this year, was permanently sworn into his duties. “We are undertaking massive changes in the Newark Police Division in our efforts to eradicate crime, improve our quality of life, and unite our residents with our law enforcement agencies. We have already put more officers on the…

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City of Newark to Host Its 33rd Annual National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday. August 2,2016 @ Newark Stadium

Newark, NJ – August 2, 2016 – The City of Newark’s Department of Public Safety, comprised of the Newark, Police and Fire Divisions and the Office of Emergency Management, will observe the 33rd Annual “National Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at School Stadium in the City’s North.  The annual event will begin with 2pm, all programs are scheduled to 4pm and last until 8pm. Open to the public, the event will include music, bouncy rides, a dunk tank, and other activities for kids and adults.  The entire event will also offer a display of public safety…

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Mayor Ras J Baraka Announces Campaign To Reduce Domestic Violence And Help Domestic Violence Victims

Newark, NJ – June 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa A. Hamdi, and members of the Municipal Council unveiled a comprehensive Domestic Violence Program today at a City Hall press conference. They were joined by representatives of agencies currently providing services to victims of domestic violence. The program consists of services to victims and their families, community-wide education, and public safety efforts. It also includes access to a 24-hour Hotline, emergency relocation, medical care services and referral to legal assistance. “In the City of Newark,…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Safer Newark Council Release Report Outlining New Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence, Homicides, and Robberies in Newark

Newark, NJ –- June 6, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and the Safer Newark Council announced the findings of a new study analyzing Newark crime data and recommending strategies targeted to prevent retaliation shootings, keep released prisoners from returning to crime and immediately intervene with young people arrested for robberies at a press conference today at Rutgers University – Newark, Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, Baker Courtroom, Room 125, in Newark. Newark consistently ranks below comparable cities when it comes to burglary, juvenile violence, theft, and sexual assault, but…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka And Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose Discuss Accomplishments Of 45-Day Plan To Reduce Crime And Violence And Reveal Plan For Next 90 Days

Newark, NJ –- April 20, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose,and members of the Newark Municipal Council today discussed the accomplishments of Newark’s 45-Day Plan to reduce crime and violence and announced plans for the plan’s second phase at a major news conference today at City Hall. Named “Operation Forge Ahead,” the City’s plan to reduce crime and violence in Newark focuses on two central issues: reorganizing the City’s public safety activities to make them more effective and efficient; and increasing citizen involvement with law enforcement to restore trust, improve community/police communication, while making…

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