- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city says state troopers will patrol the streets as part of a plan to curb violence.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced the partnership Wednesday. It’s part of a plan to battle crime in a city that’s seen 14 slayings since the start of the year.

The city’s police and fire departments, along with the emergency management office, will also be reorganized into one department under the plan. Officials say the restructuring will allow supervisors and desk officers to handle street duty.

Baraka says the city will hold open crime statistics meetings, conduct resident surveys on police performance and host a public safety academy so residents can learn the basics of the city’s public safety operations.

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