Statement from Hamilton Township Municipal Democratic Party.
Bottomline of this statement is that we loast 12 officers over the past 6 years. The result is increased crime. So, hire them back!
Township Drops 40 Places in National Safest Cities Rankings Since 2006
Hamilton Township, NJ – December 15, 2012 – Hamilton’s experiment with a smaller police force has been shown to be a failure today with the release of the 2011 Uniform Crime Report by the New Jersey State Police that shows that Hamilton is now a more dangerous place for residents than it was a year ago.
Violent crimes against Hamiltonians exhibited a frightening increase with 6 more rapes (300% increase), 12 more assaults (14% increase), 79 more burglaries (18% increase), and 11 more stolen cars (12% increase) over the previous year.
Concurrent with the rise in violent crime against persons, Hamilton government allowed the erosion of police staffing levels. The report shows Hamilton had six less sworn police officers in 2011 than in 2010. This continues an ongoing Republican policy to reduce the number of sworn officers on the force.
Unless Hamilton reverses the trend toward slashing our police and restores the force to a level appropriate for our community’s size and location, we are in danger of following in the footsteps of our neighbor Trenton where wanton violence has become a common occurrence.
Before Mayor Bencivengo and the Republican Council were elected, Hamilton was rated as one of the 15 safest cities in America in 2006. Now, we are no longer secure on our streets, in our cars or even in our homes. In fact, the official ranking of safest cities released on December 7 of this year by Morgan-Quinto Publishing shows that Hamilton Twonship continues to drop in the rankings, sliding from 33 to 55 from 2010 to 2011.
While fortunately there were no murders and petty crime was down, serious offenses like rape, assaults, burglaries and auto theft were all up by double digit percentages over the prior year.
The trend over the past four years is alarming. When compared to crime statistics for the period of 2004 through 2007 to the period of 2008 through 2011 Hamiltonians have experienced a 3% increase in violent crimes and a 7% increase in property crimes.
Hamilton residents are proud of their Police Division who exemplify the idea of ‘To serve and to protect.” In order for our Police Division to excel, the municipal government must invest in the Police Division and not rob it of needed resources.
- FBI releases 2011 crime statistics that show drop in violent crime nationally (oregonlive.com)
- U.S. violent crime down for fifth straight year (cnn.com)
- America’s Most Violent States (247wallst.com)
- Police cuts ‘may encourage crime’ (confused.com)