Trenton police officers need to “become more proactive” in their response to the growing opioid crisis, according to an officer with the department.
The chief of police for the city said he wants officers to have more training, and have more accountability tools, to identify potential problems and to prevent their spreading.
Trenton police are under a state of emergency, meaning they cannot respond to emergencies without state assistance.
The city council voted unanimously to declare a state-wide emergency last week.
The city council also voted to ban the sale and use of fentanyl, the opioid used to treat heroin addiction.
That decision has not yet been made.
The drug is typically made from poppy, but a handful of companies have made it from heroin, which has been replaced by synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.
“I think a lot of these people are on their way to addiction,” Chief of Police Michael Haggerty said.
“If you want to be an officer in Trenton, you have to be more proactive.
You have to start doing more proactive.”
Trentons chief said the police department needs to become more proactive in its response to opioid overdoses.
Chief of police Michael Hagan said the department is working to increase its training.
Ternon police say there are currently at least 100 overdoses in the city each day, many of which involve the use of the powerful opioid fentanyl.
The mayor said he is hopeful that more than 1,000 arrests will result in more than 2,000 people receiving treatment.
The department has also had several overdoses in recent days, with some residents and officers being taken to local hospitals.
The crisis has caused a spike in heroin and fentanyl sales, which the chief of staff said has led to some officers making more money than they would have in the past.
The mayor said police officers should not be required to buy drugs for themselves, but rather to work with community members to find a solution.