Newark’s plan to hire 100 cops could be stalled by city budget woes, councilman says

James Queally/The Star-Ledger
Jan 7, 2014 04:42 PM

NEWARK — Moments after Mayor Luis Quintana was cheered during a press conference to announce the hiring of 100 police officers, a Newark councilman said the city’s budget problems could prevent half those officers from ever reaching the street.

Quintana and Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced the hirings during a press conference at City Hall this afternoon, claiming the new officers are part of a larger plan to combat crime after Newark saw 111 homicides in 2013, its deadliest year since 1990.

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