It is also worth noting that in performing a cross reference with NJ.com’s list of towns with the highest violent crime rates, thirteen of the municipalities with the highest increases in crime were also included in the towns with the largest shrinking police forces. Taking all of this together, one must scratch their head in trying to figure out the phenomenon that is occurring across the state of New Jersey where our largest most violent cities are now being policed with less officers. Additionally, the pay that our largest city’s officers receive is no where near the top officer salary reflected across the state. While are cities are being asked to do more with less money so to are our law enforcement officers. We will continue to review this data as it becomes available, especially in light of the changing social perceptions of police work and the changes in pay and benefits associated with the position of employment.