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Crime-fighting computer systems

Date: October 28, 2007
Source: Philly.Com

A storyline of chaos, infighting and dysfunction has become all too familiar within the police force of one of America's most violent cities.

For four years under state control, the Camden Police Department has been besieged by management problems: once-hyped crime-fighting computer systems are all but obsolete; deputy chiefs are suing their boss; and city leaders are trying to oust that same man, who was handpicked to run things by the state Attorney General's Office.

There is a shortage, even, of squad cars. And the annual survey that consistently ranks Camden in the top five most dangerous cities is expected to do so yet again in the days ahead.

But the new attorney general, Anne Milgram, is not a throw-your-hands-up kind of prosecutor. That is why she recently pledged to make Camden's crime woes a top state priority and has set about trying to make the department look and operate more like the one in East Orange, N.J., which is considered the gold standard of police turnarounds in New Jersey.

And Jose Cordero, who runs that North Jersey police force, has some can-do advice for Camden police brass.

"Bottom line: You just got to do what you got to do," said Cordero, a onetime New York police inspector who has produced stunning anticrime results since taking over the East Orange force three years ago. "You got to move forward."
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