Swift Takes Hard Line on Crime During Police Forum
Calls for action to address radical, anti-police policies that have impacted communities
NORTHFIELD – Last night at a law and public safety forum, Assembly candidate and former Deputy Attorney General Claire Swift was joined by gubernatorial candidate, Jack Ciattarelli to discuss the rising crime rate across the 2nd Legislative District. These growing concerns have forced local governing bodies to take action, most notably Atlantic City has enforced curfews to thwart the increasingly lawless behavior, especially among juveniles, that is driving down tourism, hurting small businesses and preventing families from feeling safe in some of the shore communities.
Assembly candidate and family law attorney, Claire Swift does not find these developments unpredictable, “It is no surprise to see crime increase throughout our towns. Trenton Legislators have joined together with Governor Murphy putting in place radical anti-police policies that have disrupted our justice system and demoralized and handcuffed our law enforcement officers,” said Swift.
“By undermining law enforcement, Trenton politicians have caused delinquency and crime to skyrocket, threatening the safety and security of our streets. We must return to common-sense policies that enable us to prosecute criminals and allow the police to protect our communities,” Swift concluded.
Last month after a series of violent incidents, including murder, assault, shootings and drug crimes, Atlantic City reinforced a curfew for those under 18, sounding repeated alarms every evening at 10pm, in an attempt to curb the rash of juvenile crime throughout the city. This is acutely disturbing to Swift, who as a Deputy Attorney General worked side-byside with social workers and law enforcement to protect abused and neglected children.
“We must do better. Criminals need to be prosecuted with support being provided for individuals that need mental health and substance abuse support,” said Swift. “The current rate of a convicted criminal to reoffend, be arrested and then be released is shocking and disturbing to me.”
Following her time as a Deputy Attorney General, Claire opened Swift Law Firm, LLC with her brothers where she has continued her passion for supporting and defending families during the entire legal process. Claire lives in Margate, on the same street she grew up on, with her husband, John, and three children: Jack, Anthony, and Claire.