Newark boosts police presence for Game 3

May, 18, 2012
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Despite an ongoing public feud between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek -- a nasty battle that some speculated was the cause in a police force reduction outside the Prudential Center last month -- the Newark city police will increase their presence for Game 3 between the Devils and Rangers on Saturday.

The measure to beef up security surrounding the Prudential Center is a result of a violent attack that occurred outside the arena earlier this month after a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Five people were assaulted by a "roving band of teenagers" in a "two-minute crime spree," according to the Ledger, and the city police are determined to prevent future incidents.

"There will be in increase in uniform presence on foot. There will be in increase in marked patrol units around the arena," Newark Police director Samuel DeMaio told the Ledger. "There's also going to be an increase in plain-clothes officers on foot and in unmarked cars in the arena and in the arena area."

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the cross-Hudson rivals is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Game 4 on Monday, also at The Rock, is at 8 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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