First part of statewide crime fighting plan revealed

Governor Jon Corzine unveiled the first part of a three-part statewide plan to fight crime Tuesday.

The comprehensive strategy is the state?s answer to calls for change throughout New Jersey. It is aimed to stop the state?s rising murder rate.

The first part of the plan aims at getting all law enforcement on the same level when it comes to intelligence led policing. Corzine said the state plans to work with the 10 largest cities to implement systems similar to East Orange, where tracking crime and gangs has led to an almost 50-percent drop.

Illegal guns are the other big focus in the first part of the plan. Under the strategy, there is a push toward mandatory jail time for possession of an illegal gun.

The governor plans to announce the second and third parts of the plan this week. Those parts focus on crime prevention and helping convicted criminals re-enter society.

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