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Paterson Police Department Sees Surge in Arrests Due to Enhanced Information Sharing


By: Richard L. Smith 

Officer in Charge Isa Abbassi reported significant improvements in information sharing within the Paterson Police Department, leading to a notable increase in arrests for serious crimes.

Puerto RicanOfficer in Charge Abbassi said by the end of June 30, 2024, the department made 1,681 arrests, compared to 1,321 in 2023 and 1,431 in 2022 during the same period.

The most significant rise was seen in warrant arrests for individuals wanted for crimes under investigation by PPD, with a staggering 415% increase over the previous year and a 1,330% increase compared to 2022.

Additionally, arrests for second-degree distribution of heroin or cocaine rose by 136% over 2023 and 55% over 2022.

Simple assault arrests increased by 62% from 2023 and 51% from 2022, while aggravated assault with weapon arrests went up by 31% over 2023 and 84% over 2022, according to Officer in Charge Abbass. 

This surge in warrant arrests is attributed to enhanced information sharing and briefings within the department, enabling patrol officers to recognize wanted individuals and make arrests.

During roll calls before shifts, officers receive intelligence packets with information about wanted suspects, maps highlighting areas with increased violence, and details on individuals driving crime in the city.

Investigators also brief patrol officers on crime trends and violent individuals in Paterson.

"At the Paterson Police Department, we are breaking down silos and sharing information between our operational bureaus.

By better informing our members, officers are able to identify wanted suspects and bring them to justice positively," said Officer in Charge Abbassi.

"Make no mistake, an increase in arrests is not the focus here. It is a byproduct of PPD honing our approach of sharing intelligence and precision policing, meaning our officers know who is driving violence, fear, and disorder in this city and have the tools available to take them off the streets."

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