Paterson’s crime numbers dip to nearly 30-year low | Paterson Times

Paterson’s crime numbers dip to nearly 30-year low


The city’s overall crime numbers in 2016 were the lowest it has been in almost 30 years, according to crime statistics made public on Monday afternoon.

There was an overall reduction in both violent and non-violent crimes of 12-percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the Uniform Crime Report. There were 4,292 incidents in 2016 compared to 4,852 in 2015, according to police data.

The city’s murder rate though remains stubborn. There were 19 killings in 2016 — same as the previous year. The city witnessed the biggest drop in burglaries from 1,182 a year earlier to 957 in 2016. Aggravated assaults dropped from 540 to 499 in 2016. And robberies fell from 573 to 551.


Paterson’s crime statistics from 1989 through 2016. Source: New Jersey State Police.

“I am pleased and encouraged by the UCR report, as overall crime in the city Paterson is at its lowest in nearly 30 years,” said mayor Jose “Joey” Torres. “I have every confidence in Director Speziale‘s leadership and the Paterson Police Department’s that crime will continue to be reduced in our community thus improving the lives of all Patersonians.” When he took office in 2014, the number of killings in the city was at a 27-year high, according to New Jersey State Police statistics. That year, there were 25 killings. The city saw the fewest murders in 1996, according to data.

Police director Jerry Speziale attributed the steep drop in overall crime to a variety of initiatives the department has undertaken over the past two and half years. Upon returning to Paterson, Speziale collaborated with community groups to build police legitimacy in neighborhoods to encourage residents to cooperate with police in making their streets safer.

“Much of the reason for the steady decrease in crime over the years can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Paterson Police Department,” said Speziale.  “Together, with the administration we will continue to work together to find new and innovative approaches to further reduce crime and improve our resident’s quality of life.”

Paterson's murder data from 1989 through 2016. Source: New Jersey State Police.

Paterson’s murder data from 1989 through 2016. Source: New Jersey State Police.

Speziale recognized the city has to do more to reduce the number of homicides in the city. The Torres administration unveiled the Safe City Initiative in early 2016 to connect the one-percent that’s most likely to be killed or kill someone to social agencies to give them a last chance to turn away from the street to a productive life.

Torres has also hired new police officers every year to maintain a level of staffing at the police department. The administration’s crime fighting efforts were also aided by designation of certain commercial stretches as hotspot crime zones where troublesome businesses are forced to close at midnight.

“Crime fighting and instilling trust in the community is a continuous work-in-progress and we will continue to diligently fight towards making Paterson a safer city,” said Speziale.

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  • Plumber

    that's a bunch of bullshit, crime went down probably where joey lives but definitely not in my neighborhood, numbers look good on paper, but reality is seen with ones own eyes stupid, so stop trying to shovel shit down peoples throats.

  • PeeJay

    This is a joke, Fake News, Right?

    If these crimes are down, then it's most likely because people are not reporting them anymore
    as we know the cops do nothing to solve or prevent crimes.

    The cops Only to get it on the record for citizens with insurance to make a claim.

  • Plumber

    do these statistics include joey torres 2016 crime spree