Funded Partner Aquil Basheer trains workers in Newark New Jersey to reduce crime

NEWARK -- Crime is down in the state's largest city by the largest amount in almost 50 years.

"We're not here today to claim victory, but we're here to claim progress," Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told reporters gathered at the Newark Police building on Washington Street. He was joined by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and other city officials who gathered Tuesday to discuss year-to-date crime trends.

According to statistics presented by the department, the total number of homicides, shootings, robberies, and other violent crimes committed in the city so far this year are down, when compared to this time last year. The overall crime rate is the lowest it's been since 1967, officials said.

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