Newark Police have reported that not a single gunshot was fired last year thanks to a de-escalation program which trains officers how to avoid certain situations.
Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, stated he is proud of Newark Police officers as not one officer in the city fired his or her weapon while on duty thanks to the de-escalation program, which was implemented two years ago.
A great example of how effective the de-escalation training is, was when 1,700 people swarmed a Newark precinct during the BLM protests. Not one shot was fired and nobody was severely injured during the incident. Ambrose credited the de-escalation program as the reason officers avoided firing their weapons throughout the year, noting, ‘These things, it takes time for it to work. And I think it worked.’
Statistics also showed that Newark Police reported a 6% drop in crime last year, with 7% more guns being taken of the streets in comparison to 2019.