Newark police force has revealed the success of their de-escalation training program, with no officer firing a weapon during duty in 2020.
This year, The police force of New Jersey experienced some challenges, with officers contracting Coronavirus in line of duty as well as the anti-police brutality protests.
Anthony Ambrose, the Public Safety Director revealed that their staff utilized their de-escalation training to keep the peace.
In a statement, Ambrose said:
Our officers… are actively employing this resource when engaging with the community. Our training also played a huge role in Newark having zero violence during this year’s protests of the murder of George Floyd. The community and police worked together to ensure that non-Newark residents, who came here to protest, didn’t initiate any violence in our City.Ambrose
In 2020, there was also a 6% reduction in crime in the city, with 496 illegal firearms recovered by the Newark police force; this is a 7% increase compared to last year, when officers made 303 arrests and recovered 461 illegal weapons.
Removing 496 illegal firearms from our streets equals at least 496 fewer victims of violence and fewer funerals.Ambrose
This news of hope could be included in a larger trend as de-escalation training programs is ready to commence in other police forces throughout the country.