NEWARK - Mayor Cory Booker spoke at a news conference today about the recent rise of violence in Newark, vowing to do what is necessary to reverse the trend.
In the span of 24 hours, there were three separate shooting incidents, as well as a spike in carjackings and other serious crimes.
Some in the community blame the recent layoffs of more than 160 police officers, allowing criminals to think it's open season for crime.
"In the face of December's recent crime trends," Booker said during the press conference. "We have significantly increased the deployment of police officers throughout our city? Newark will not accept anything less than strength, peace and security."
The mayor said that he plans on adding more patrols to try and stop crimes before they happen and keep smaller incidents from escalating.
Police Director Gary McCarthy said that a reorganization of the department will allow more officers to be on the street.