Camden To Replace Municipal Cops with County Officers
December 14, 2011
Camden, N.J., Mayor Dana Redd is pressing forward with a county takeover of policing to address a crime spike that followed police layoffs.
The city will begin negotiating the terms of a formal agreement with Camden County to set up a regional force spanning the city and suburbs. In recent months, questions have arisen about the city's ability to police itself.
Camden, which is still one of America's highest-crime areas, has seen a sharp rise in crime this year. Homicides have risen 30 percent and burglaries have climbed by more than 40 percent. The crime wave follows the layoff of more than half of Camden's 370-officer force earlier this year. The city has hired back some of the laid-off officers using grants.
On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie sent New Jersey State Police troopers to the city as reinforcements. In May, Camden's police union president received a memo outlining a timetable for the dismantling of the agency in favor of county law enforcement.
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Eric @ 12/15/2011 7:03 PM
Ok. Mayor Redd lays off half the police department and didn't think crime would go up? Now she wants the state police and national guard take care of the problem she created. State police are short if troopers too. What do you expect when you lay off half the cops in one of America's worst cities? Every crime victim should sue her and the city for creating a dangerous situation for them. And her solution is to lay the rest of them off in favor of a county police department that doesn't even exist yet. Get real Mayor Redd.
Morning Eagle @ 12/15/2011 11:43 PM
Right on Eric! The problem is nationwide though. Most every time budget troubles arise (usually created by incompetent mayors, city or county commissioners and/or state legislatures) their first "solution" is cut back police and other emergency services as if those expenditures were to blame. Then they pretend not to understand when the crime rates escalate when it was their own ignorant decisions that directly contributed to the situations they find themselves in.
Noseguard @ 12/16/2011 12:17 PM
Now taxpayers from Camden County and the entire state are subsidizing Camden's public safety bill. Ultimately you don't save anything, the burden of the costs are just shifted around.
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