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Newark police and city officials say their de-escalation training program is working, not one officer fired his/her weapon while on duty in 2020. The N.J. police force faced huge challenges last year, with officers being exposed to COVID-19 on the job, and protestors marching against police brutality in the summer, but Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose says the staff utilized their de-escalation training to keep the peace: “Our officers… are actively employing this resource when engaging with the community...Our training also played a huge role in Newark having zero violence during this year’s protests of the murder of George Floyd. The community and police worked together to ensure that non-Newark residents, who came here to protest, didn’t initiate any violence in our City.”