ATLANTIC CITY - Detectives with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have temporarily joined the ranks of the Atlantic City Police Department.
Five days after 40 police officers were laid off - joining 20 others who were cut in June - Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel assigned some of his detectives to help police the city.
Since the layoffs, the city has had at least one person shot each day. On Monday night, a man was stabbed in the same area of the Northeast Inlet where a Russian man working his second summer in the city was killed. Konstantin Kraev, 22, was killed Sept. 23 after walking a female friend to a party because he was worried about her safety. He was the 12th person to be killed in the city this year, the same number of homicides in all of 2009.
City Deputy Police Chief Ernest Jubilee referred all comment to Housel.
Housel said Tuesday was when everything was set up between his detectives and the Atlantic City Police Department, and he believed it went smoothly. He is not saying publicly how many detectives have been assigned to the city, or what neighborhoods they are patrolling.