Paterson cops face these challenges as a second year of NJ attorney general control begins

PATERSON — Fourth Ward resident Victoria Oquendo liked what she saw recently near her home: a police car parked for hours with its lights flashing at a street corner notorious for crime.

“I don’t have to be ashamed of where I live anymore,” she said. “I can sleep at night without hearing gunshots.”

Oquendo attributed the improvements in her neighborhood to changes made since the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office seized control of the Paterson Police Department.

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