Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced that in response to the recent layoffs of 40 Atlantic City police officers, he will assign detectives beginning tomorrow from his office.
“We’ve been in communication with the Atlantic City Police Department through Deputy Chief Jubilee. We have offered and they have accepted our assistance and we are devoting a significant percentage of our manpower to the tasks at hand with both short and long term goals,” Prosecutor Housel said. ”We are deeply concerned with the layoffs and the impact it may have on investigation in Atlantic City.”
Prosecutor Housel stated that his office will collaborate with the City’s police personnel during this time, including assigning detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team and Gangs, Guns Narcotics Unit to work with Atlantic City detectives and patrol officers similar to initiatives undertaken in Pleasantville this summer and in Atlantic City in 2009. During those initiatives violent firearm crime decreased significantly.
These detectives will have a physical presence in Atlantic City on a routine basis.