Police and city officials in Newark say their de-escalation training program is working, with not one officer firing his or her weapon while on duty in 2020. The New Jersey police force faced huge challenges this year, with officers being exposed to COVID-19 on the job, and protestors marching against police brutality in the summer.
2020 was stressful, but Public Safety Directory Anthony Ambrose says the staff used their de-escalation training to keep the peace. "Our training also played a huge role in Newark having zero violence during this year's protests of the murder of George Floyd. The community and police worked together to ensure than non-Newark residents who came here to protest didn't initiate any violence. Overall crime was down 6% in 2020."
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