Friday, February 12, 2010

Operation CeaseFire Shot Down for 2010

A program hailed in 2007 as crucial to addressing gun violence here is now on Gov. Chris Christie's budget freeze list for the balance of 2010.

Click here to read Plaintalker's 2007 post on Operation CeaseFire.

The program is no longer run by Liberty Community Development Corporation, according to staff at Mount Olive Baptist Church where LCDC was based.

A call to the Plainfield Police Division verify the current status of the program was not immediately answered. Christie's cut comes just as the city is facing one fatal shooting, the year's first homicide, and another shooting in the same incident in West End gardens.

Plaintalker will update the story as soon as possible.

UPDATE: I'm told the program is no longer active in Plainfield, even though the city is listed among 14 sites in media sources. The closing of the Plainfield satellite unit of the Union County Prosecutor's office is cited as one factor.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Tony said...

@bernice, what states funds are being allocated to support this operation?

12:24 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

It's described as a multi-agency effort using state funds. Here is a link:

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Another reason to be thankful to all the Plainfielders who voted for Christie. Did you think he would be a friend to Plainfield, or to any urban communities? HA again!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like plainfield is on its own -- maybe that is good?

4:29 PM  

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