NJ sending in more troopers to battle Camden crime

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is orderingthe deployment of additional state troopers in Camden to help fightrising crime as the city's shrunken police force struggles to keepa lid on violence.

The governor says the extra troopers will focus on crime hotspots.

For the past nine years the New Jersey State Police have kept acontingent of troopers in Camden. They already help investigateabout 70 percent of the shootings in the city.

For strategic reasons, Christie won't say how many troopers willbe added but says the increase will be noticeable.

Camden is a city of just under 80,000 and has had 16 homicidessince Oct. 1. It laid off half the police force in January.

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