Just a few years ago Camden was caught in a cycle of perpetual violence. So New Jersey’s seventh-largest city (current population: 77,332) took a radical step: in 2011 it fired 163 officers, approximately half of its police force. The next year proved especially deadly, with one person shot every 32 hours. But Mayor Dana Redd had a plan. She disbanded the rest of the department to make way for a new countywide force and hired John Timoney, a former Miami police chief, and police consultant Joe Cordero and asked them to design strategies that could develop stronger inroads with the local community