Essex anti-gang initiative ready to strike

Essex County prosecutors gave the public a first look Friday at a new method of stopping gang violence in New Jersey.

County prosecutors unveiled V.I.P.E.R., a program utilizing manpower from the police department's gang and narcotics units. Detectives on the task force work together to coordinate intelligence between jurisdictions.

"What this really is, is a new way of approaching what was in the past, a fragmented approach to violent crime here in Essex County," says Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow.

The announcement comes in the wake of Thursday's arrest of more than 90 alleged gang members in Plainfield.

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