Camden, New Jersey’s changing police culture, then The Cure

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Guest: Greg Adomaitis

Crime in Camden, New Jersey has soared this year: with homicides up by 28% in the first nine month of 2016. Violent crime, assault and rape also rose. But that’s not the whole story in this long-struggling city across the bridge from Philadelphia. The police department has been through big changes in the past few years, including dramatic efforts to change the department’s culture. The city’s also in the midst of massive waterfront redevelopment efforts. We’ll talk about the big changes in the city with GREG ADOMAITIS, a supervising reporter at NJ Advance Media, who has been covering Camden City for two years. Then, we’ll go to Camden with Radio Times producer Elizabeth Fiedler, to hear about how cultural changes in the police force may be saving lives.

Listen to an introduction for our multi-part exploration of the city of Camden with Elizabeth Fiedler. Our first segment follows several Camden police officers as they remember an incident that occurred in the city last November.

In our final segment, producer Jon Ehrens speaks with LOL TOLHURST, co-founder of the band, The Cure.  He’s written the only insider account of the band in his new memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys.

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