Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae on Thursday announced a yearlong youth research initiative aimed at reducing crime and improving police-community relations in the county.
The project is in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, Clarus Research and the Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland Police Departments.
A grant, funded by the US Department of Justice, will examine whether problem-focused policing strategies, combined with specialized training for law enforcement in improving interactions with young people, can reduce crime among young people. youth. Vineland is eligible to receive $ 36,000 to fund the project, and Millville and Bridgeton are each eligible for $ 25,000.
As part of the project, officers from Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland will conduct proactive policing work in targeted areas of the three communities, working with residents to identify concerns in the community with a focus on prevention efforts. youth crime, Webb-McRae said in a press release.
“Cumberland County chefs (Bridgeton Chef Michael Gaimari, Millville Chef Jody Farabella and Vineland Chef Pedro Casiano) have demonstrated their commitment to programs that improve outcomes for at-risk youth,” said Webb- McRae. “We are happy to be able to participate. in a project that will continue to improve relations between the police and young people and further reduce juvenile delinquency. We thank the project team for making an investment that will benefit the youth of Cumberland County for years to come.
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