NEWARK — About 100 local clergy members are ready to fight crime in Newark.
At a press conference Monday announcing the expansion of the city's "Citizen/Clergy Police Patrols" program, Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said the program will help boost the often strained relationship between the police department and Newark residents.
The program puts police officers on patrol with religious heads and civilians.
"Partnering police officers with our city's residents and religious leaders is an invaluable tool for building trust and strengthening community relations," Ambrose said in a release about the announcement.
"Seeing a clergy member in (a police) vehicle will very likely encourage residents that their neighborhoods are being protected both by law enforcement and by spiritual re-enforcement."