May 12, 2020 Cooper's Ferry Partnership
The neighborhoods in Camden are the safest they have been in fifty years. Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), the public safety gains made in the city since 2012 are measurable and sustainable.
Under the leadership of Police Chief Joseph Wysocki and with the help of faith based leaders, residents and business leaders, Camden continues to be a shining national model for community policing. In these unprecedented times, the CCPD is working with community groups, hospitals and clergy to provide food, masks and public health educational material for residents. However, officers are fully engaged in the neighborhoods and continue to walk the beat to keep residents safe.
It is important to understand how far the city has come. Gun violence has seen a 46% drop and violent crime has declined by 16% over the same time period last year. Furthermore, property crime is down significantly and overall crime has dropped 9% from the same time period. These extraordinary declines started in the beginning of the year and has continued throughout preceding months. To understand the progress Camden has made since 2012, please see the chart below.