TRENTON - A record number of people have been killed in Trenton this year, but none in the month of September.
To keep that record at 33, law enforcement, including the attorney general, state police and the Trenton Police Department, say they have a plan for would-be gangsters and gun-toting thugs.
"Prison, or an exit strategy from the hell they have created for themselves and all of the others around them," says New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman.
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Targeted patrols and stiffer penalties known as TIDE and TAG were put in place in August and are being credited with slowing down the violence, but Hoffman says that's not enough. Job training, life skills and protection from fellow gang members will all be available for anyone looking to leave the street lifestyle.
University study groups are also helping the city target hot spots. Rutgers-Camden assistant professor Louis Tuthill says they are getting in touch with businesses that are surrounded by known criminal activity. The group can offer suggestions on changes like increasing security or improving lighting.
The attorney general did not offer an end date on the anti-crime initiatives.
Trenton City Council freed up some money in the budget this month to hire dozens of police officers, but according to the police director, those hires are still months away from happening.