The Community Relations Unit develops and implements crime prevention and intervention strategies that improve public safety and quality of life. Tools include community outreach, collecting and analyzing crime data, engaging stakeholders, facilitating
forums geared towards the development of sustainable solutions
and designing programming. Community Relations
Community Liaison: Angel Osorio
Programs Number: (856) 225-8663
District Council Collaborative Boards (DCCBs): The office’'s
Community Relations Unit facilitates and monitors the DCCBs,
which are executive bodies in each of the City of Camden'’s four police districts comprised of residents, business owners, representatives from the school district and housing authority, faith-based leaders, law enforcement officers and members of local government. They are tasked with reaching out to the community to ascertain their needs and improve conditions. The boards have seven sub-committees that operate citywide: legislative, outreach, abandoned properties (with emphasis on those being used to further criminal activity), graffiti task force, lighting, youth and special recognition. For more information, please visit: www.camdendccb.org.
Operation Ceasefire: The unit, in partnership with the Walter Rand Institute and Welcome NJ, participates and assists in managing a program designed to develop strategies to stop the next shooting. Outreach workers are the heart of the program. They are currently working to develop a block captain system in each of the Camden City'’s neighborhoods.
Curfew Program: The curfew program is a non-punitive initiative which aims to provide services rather than punishment for youths caught violating curfew. In lieu of a citation, youths are brought to a facility manned by community members and staff from law enforcement, social services, parole, probation, family court and full-time case managers. Children undergo an extensive intake process. They are asked information about why they were out late at night and if they are attending school on a regular basis. The questions touch upon family history and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Parents or guardians are required to pick-up children and they also undergo a similar process. Case-workers either refer the subjects, if needed, to social services, or to other extra-curricular or vocational opportunities.
Anti-graffiti Mural Program: In an effort to reduce property defacement, channel energies in positive ways and encourage the development of useful skills, the unit developed the anti-graffiti mural program. The program is a five month art course designed to expose children to the arts and the hard work that goes into creating a mural. Through the months spent working on the mural, the participants also learn team building, proper etiquette for a work environment, cooperation, respect, dedication and civic responsibility. An academic component requires children to complete research on the neighborhood they are working in and incorporate their findings into the mural they create.
Cadence Cycling Program: In September, 2010, the unit launched a project with the Cadence Cycling Program which facilitates competition in national marathons, triathlons, academic support, tutorials, one-on-one mentoring and ongoing support.
Gang Prevention Coordination: The unit conducts training for social service providers, community members, probation, parole and the school district on signs that may indicate a child or adult is involved with or is in danger of becoming involved with a gang. The program also involves the compilation of data on trends and patterns and the available resources to either prevent gang involvement or assist individuals who have chosen to disassociate themselves with a gang.
Camden Youth Soccer Club: The Camden County Prosecutor'’s Office is the co-founder of the Camden Youth Soccer Club that has been in existence since 2002 and has served over 1,000 children
Camden County Prosecutor Office 25 North 5th Street Camden, New Jersey 08102 856-225-8400