Atlantic City becoming safer, N.J.’s attorney general says

New Jersey’s top law enforcement official says efforts to improve public safety in Atlantic City are starting to take hold.

New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa said Monday the Atlantic City violent crimes task force is helping to make the city safer.

“That’s a group that’s down there to disrupt organized criminal activity, gang activity,” he said. “Since its inception in August 2011 they’ve made 183 arrests from narcotics arrests to homicide arrests.”

Chiesa says surveillance cameras also are helping authorities detect problems and deter criminal activity.

He says changing the perception of Atlantic City so that it’s viewed as safe and clean is a key to attracting more visitors and improving the local economy.

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