Newark announces major police reforms to enable to cut costs and avoid layoffs

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    Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Police Director Eugene Venable announced Tuesday that the city of Newark is proposing a series of reforms and new policies in the Newark Police Department that will enable the force to save money, increase efficiency, avoid layoffs, and hire 65 new officers in 2015.

    The proposed measures include eliminating stipends paid to detectives on top of their overtime payments, shifting workweeks to make weekends part of regular time, and eliminating detective personal car gasoline allowances. The measures planned should save the city more than $2 million annually, which would be applied to hire the 65 new officers.

    (complete article in edition of October 24, 2014)