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Reed Gusciora, Trenton

Does Improving Trenton’s Reputation Matter?

Written by Jeffrey Quinones. Robert Phillips, a former executive for the world-renowned PR firm Edelman published in 2015 a very commented book titled “Trust Me PR is Dead.” The book is revolutionary by signposting that in these times of social media and hyper- connectivity organizations, including governments, cannot just “spin” or just “manage the message,” an unethical practice usually associated with…

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Education, Public safety, Trenton

This is a plan that could include the Advanced Placement studies program for Trenton High School students with interest in first responder careers.

By David Levinsky for The Burlington County TimesNov 27, 2018 at 6:06 PM Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled New Jersey’s new Pathway in Technology Early College High School initiative on Tuesday during a news conference at Paterson PANTHER Academy, which will also pioneer the program along with Burlington City High and New Brunswick High. A new education program is coming to Burlington City High School next fall…

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Public safety, Trenton

Behind the Badge: Studying violence in urban communities needs to factor in personal choice.

By Rolando Ramos Retired Trenton Police Lieutenant Recent murders reminded us once again how violence plagues our community. The holiday season that brings families together are heartbreak for those that must suffer without loved ones because of this perpetual cycle of violence. We read about it each and every day where young black and brown men murder other black and…

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Public safety, Trenton

Behind the badge: Qualifications to lead the Trenton Police Department

Behind the badge: Qualifications to lead the Trenton Police Department By Rolando Ramos, Retired Trenton Police Lieutenant Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the Mayor’s pick for the position of Police Director. Questions abound about Carol Russell’s qualifications and whether she meets even the minimalist definition for the position according to the City’s…

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Public safety, Trenton

Community Policing

Written by Rolando Ramos, Trenton Police Department, Lt., Retired. Most everyone has heard the phrase “Community Policing” but few truly understand its meaning.  “Community Policing” is a major buzz phrase when discussing public safety in today’s world.  As a retired police lieutenant, my hope is that by presenting a proper definition, the expectations of the community will be more in…

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Family assistance, Finance, Social services, Trenton

Credit Unions

Written by Paul Perez. The Community Development Credit Union may be the best replicable model for providing affordable capital and financial services in low-income and very low-income areas. Why can’t there be more of them? Help may be on the way. Credit Unions, with a hundred year history, and Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs), with a 30–40 year history of…

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Church, Family assistance, Social services, Trenton

What role can the Church play in the elevation of the City of Trenton?

Written by Pastor Mark A. Broach Fatherlessness is a root cause of many of the ills plaguing the inner city, so we have to reach the men. The Church needs to teach biblical principles and help them be accountable but could also initiate programs to help get men off the streets through a combination of spiritual instruction and practical assistance,…

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Public safety, Trenton

Broken Windows

Written by Rolando Ramos, Trenton Police Department, Lieutenant, Retired. I recently read an article by LA Parker where he asked can the police department help identify problems for other city departments. In other words, can Officers, while on patrol in their areas contact the different city departments when they observe quality of life issues such as garbage dumping and unsecured…

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