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Camden To Rely on Unarmed 'Police Aides'

October 23, 2012  | 

When the Camden, N.J., county police agency launches next year, civilian police aides will have a greater role to free up patrol officers and reduce costs.

The aides—unarmed, uniformed civilians without arrest powers—will be trained to collect evidence at crime scenes, respond to radio calls for nonviolent crimes, and relieve officers so they can complete reports once a scene is safe.

In some cases, a civilian police aide may be the only person in uniform that victims will encounter. A handful of aides will assist in domestic violence investigations, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

In late 2011, Camden Mayor Dana Redd agreed to dissolve the Camden Police Department in favor of a countywide police agency.

Related:

Camden To Replace Municipal Cops with County Officers


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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/24/2012 2:05 AM

Unfortunately the elimination of professional Police Forces has become a target of the new GOP. The dogma of the republican base has been the elimination of Police jobs by replacing them with unarmed security forces that the government does not need to provide benefits to or a retirement program for. Be prepared, because this is the future of Law Enforcement in the USA. But please keep backing the GOP because they have the interest of the people at heart to save money and eliminate police jobs. (Just because these politicians owe private companies favors for their huge donations is no reason they can't do a better job than real police officers)

Bob @ VA @ 10/24/2012 11:54 AM

Ima - You need to read some history and stop watching network news. Republicans are doing none of the things that you say, they are simply trying to cut back many of the union excesses. In fact, it's the other way around.

All of the cities going broke and laying off police officers have been run by Democrats for decades, including Camden. How'd you miss that fact? They've taxed their business communities and successful citizens into oblivion, causing productive people and jobs to flee to friendlier territory. Fewer businesses + fewer successful people + fewer jobs = less tax revenue = bankruptcies and layoffs. Some areas of Detroit, Newark, Camden, Trenton, etc., look like bombed-out war zones. You get what you vote for. So, if you like bankruptcy and police layoffs, continue to support the Democrats and their failed programs.

You're simply seeing what happens when socialists run out of other people's money and there's nothing left to redistribute. Camden is just a mini-Greece or Spain or Portugal or Iceland, etc. Other people's money inevitably runs out.

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