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Camden Mayor Files Plan
for Layoff Off Officers
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Friday, November 30
, 2012  9:12

For those not watching the situation in Camden, you really need to put this on your radar as we move closer to the complete elimination of the Camden City Police Department.

On Thursday, Mayor Dana Redd submitted the plan to lay off the entire police department to the state.  This is the first step before any civil service commission agency can lay off police officers.

From the Courier Post Online:

CAMDEN — Mayor Dana Redd took a major step Thursday toward dismantling Camden’s police department in favor of a county-run force by filing paperwork with the state to lay off all the city’s officers.

The layoff of the department’s approximately 270 officers is a necessary step in the planned conversion to a county department that is expected to take over policing the crime-plagued city several months into the new year.

The plan filed with the state Civil Service Commission Thursday must be approved before it can be put into effect. Layoffs would occur on or about Feb. 24 and no later than the close of business May 13.

Citing unsustainable costs and a lack of concessions from the city’s police union, Redd states in the filing that dissolving the department and contracting with the county is “the only solution” to “achieve a balanced budget and have necessary levels of police services for the residents, workers, visitors, students and businesses” in the city.

Critics, however, contend the plan is untested and is tantamount to union busting.

About half of Camden’s current officers could be folded into the projected 400-officer Camden Metro Division once the layoffs take effect. County officials have said layoffs won’t occur until the Metro Division is large enough to adequately police the city.




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