Over the past two years, crime – almost anyway you measure – is down. Way down.
At the same time, citizen complaints against the police are way down too.
You usually don’t see those two trends happen at the same time. But we’re seeing them in Jersey City.
Why? In part, because Mayor Fulop has made diversity and police reform a priority.
Jersey City is one the most diverse cities in the country. But when Mayor Fulop came into office the number of high-ranking African-American police officers in the force was… one.
Under Mayor Fulop, Jersey City became the only city in the state to take advantage of an opportunity presented by the US Department of Justice – and promote African American police officers.
Today, Jersey City has one of the most diverse police forces in the country – and is seen as a model for police reform.