It's been a week since the police held a news conference to respond to Jack Knarr's story in the Trentonian about the department's underreporting of crime in the city. The police told the crowd (and the public, since the crowd was made up of reporters and civic leaders) that they would a) be more forthcoming when reporting crime, and b) make a weekly crime map available on the city's website. Oh yeah, they actually said that they HAD BEEN making a weekly crime map available, but we know that's not the case.
I'd forgive that, if they actually updated the crime map on the website. The term "weekly" is somewhat subjective, since there are seven days in a week, and I don't know which one of the seven marks the beginning or the ending of a weekly cycle for the police. But it's been more than a week, for any one of the days, and there's no new map on the city's website. We haven't forgotten about it.
We had a homicide in the West Ward this week; a family is devastated and a community is left reeling by the senseless murder of 84-year-old Jerry Eure, Sr. Also, the police department was very busy on Sunday with a variety of crimes. But the days leading up to Sunday, as well as the days before Mr. Eure's murder seemed to be quiet. At least nothing was reported in the papers. I suppose it could be that there were no significant crimes on those days — I certainly hope that's the case — but it just strikes me as suspicious, in light of the press conference, the lack of a new map on the city's website, and the reputation that some of our city leaders have as punitive and vindictive.
If I'm missing the boat on this, please let me know. In the meantime, if it was an oversight, I hope the city's crime map will be uploaded soon. Citizens who attend CPAC meetings get to see these maps, but only once a month. And because of work and family commitments, lack of transportation, and health issues, not everyone can attend, nor should they be required to. But the more information that's available to the public makes for better citizens. We need to know about the crime in Trenton, so we can do our part to make our neighborhoods better.