Essex County sheriff increases patrols of Newark-Irvington border
The Essex County Sheriff's Department has stepped up patrols on the Newark-Irvington border in an effort to keep down crime.
The 2-mile border between the two cities has been rife with crime for years. Recently, the sheriff increased "quality of life" patrols. Narcotics investigators recently arrested a 26-year-old accused of gun crimes while on one such patrol.
Residents say they have noticed the increase in patrols, but say the progress has been too slow.
"I'm praying and doing everything I can to transform these kids," says one resident.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura says law enforcement officers are working on decreasing crime.
"It's not as commonplace as it used to be. We are working with Newark, Irvington, the state police, it's been an area of concentration for all of us to work along that borderline," he says.
The sheriff also says that the relationship between the police and the community is also improving.