City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has highlighted her plan to address crime in the city, which she said is on the rise.
The move is part of her “Solution Sunday” series, where Ashe-Nadrowski proposes different solutions to problems Bayonne faces ahead of the May 10 municipal election. The previous version on April 17 was about “Schools” issues, which she touted was the most popular topic in the series yet.
“Even our opponents are starting to talk about schools,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “Interestingly, they’re choosing to ‘accuse’ me of advocating for the construction and improvement of schools. It’s true, we need new and improved schools. Full stop, no questions asked. This is not an accusation – this is a fact. What my opponents don’t understand is that we don’t have to do this alone, and it should not solely be on backs of Bayonne taxpayers. We can offset costs through developer contributions and proper planning with our government partners at the state and federal levels.”
The latest iteration of “Solution Sunday” on April 24 was about “Crime” issues in Bayonne.
“The prevalence of crime and issues pertaining to public safety are foundational factors for quality of life,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “In fact, there is a strong belief that quality of life does not exist without the perception of safety. This makes sense, right? If you don’t feel safe, settled, and at some level of peace, how can you enjoy anything else? After speaking with thousands of Bayonne residents over the past several months, there is a real concern that crime is on the rise and our neighborhoods are less safe.”
Recognizing underlying issues
According to Ashe-Nadrowski, addressing rising crime means addressing the underlying issues present.
“There are many factors that contribute to crime,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “It generally doesn’t just happen, and our city government can no longer afford to shy away from the reality that there are underlying socio-economic and other issues that lead to a cycle of crime.”
Ashe-Nadrowski seeks to do just that and tackle the root issues of crime if elected mayor.
“Under a Nadrowski administration, the first step in making our community safer is to consider and accept that a cycle of crime starts with issues like food insecurity, mental health, career instability, and under-served education and housing needs,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “By recognizing these realities, we can better work to stop crime before it even happens.”
Intervening before a crisis
According to Ashe-Nadrowski, her plan involves solving those underlying issues before they evolve into crime.
“There are many ways that we, as a city, can intervene before underlying issues escalate to the point of crimes actually being committed and arrests being made,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “Adversarial interactions that lead to arrests and incarceration often result in suffering and heartache. The dedicated officers of the Bayonne Police Department are the best in the State of New Jersey – there’s not a question in my mind. But the reality is that they can’t fight crime alone. They need help. They need our help!”
Ashe-Nadrowski wants to partner the police department with local organizations to offer services to help mitigate the underlying issues behind crime before it occurs.
“Under a Nadrowski administration they’ll get that help,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “I want to give our police officers the tools they need to succeed. Under my team’s leadership, the City will partner with our non-profit community service partners to accept referrals from our Police Department and constituent service offices. Referrals will be made in an effort to intervene and mitigate crisis before such matters escalate spill into the broader community.”
‘Getting back to basics’
Following these efforts, Ashe-Nadrowski said it is necessary to continue community policing initiatives.
“After we make efforts to mitigate crisis,” she said, “we need to ensure that proactive community policing remains an ongoing priority. Whether it’s renewing our approach to officer visibility, assessing the deployment of our existing assets, or specifically assigning officers to certain community-based work, doing these things gets Bayonne residents in tune with the City employees that are charged with their safety.”
Ashe-Nadrowski plans to seek grants to further fund community policing.
“Under a Nadrowski administration special care and attention will be given to grant opportunities at the county, state, and federal levels that can help the City fund these initiatives,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “In addition to seeking new funding streams to support community policing, my administration will prioritize the efficient use of locally budgeted funds to maximize every tax dollar spent on public safety to ensure public safety objectives are met.”
Every Sunday from now, until Election Day on May 10, the Nadrowski Campaign said it is going to continue to propose concrete solutions to the problems facing Bayonne. Previous installments of the campaign’s “Solution Sunday” series include: “Open and Transparent Government,” “Redevelopment,” “Quality of Life,” and “Affordability,” as well as “Schools.”
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