The protests began as a call to disband an anti-robbery unit of the Nigerian police but have expanded to take on governance and economic issues.
"I do feel optimistic," says Edward Gillespie, an instructor at the city's police academy. "But it's not going to be an easy fight."
Camden disbanded its city force and the county took over policing, with an emphasis on building community relations.
The idea is to create more formal partnerships between community members and officers to foster greater trust.
A look at what it's like for members of law enforcement here and in Mexico.