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Newark mayor to call on officials to help eradicate crime

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NEWARK, N.J. – Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka plans to call on county and state officials to step up efforts to help New Jersey's largest city eradicate crime Thursday afternoon.

His key initiative is to have Newark's police academy re-accredited by the state, so the Newark Police Department can hold it's own recruitment classes and not be bound by the Essex County Police Academy's Schedule and recruit space.

The Mayor will also address crime stats in the city, which actually have dropped in most categories.

The biggest crime category to jump are reported rapes which jumped 108-percent over last year's numbers during this time periods.

Murders are on par with last year's numbers, aggravated assaults, burglary, theft and auto theft are down.