EDISON - Essex County law enforcement officials have announced a new urban crimes initiative for Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino says those four urban communities with the most serious crimes will gather, share and analyze information together to target police efforts. He says he hopes to put their limited resources where they will do the most good.

Officials say crimes go up around the holidays and that authorities counted 10 shootings over the weekend in Essex County.

The initiative will also call for joint operations on border areas and change the way the prosecutor's office responds to violent attacks.