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Camden Layoffs
Set to Begin April 30
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Friday, January 4, 2013  10:31 p.m.


The Camden City Council voted unanimously on Friday to dissolve the 270-member City of Camden Police Department.  This vote comes just days ever the state gave their official approval for the city's layoff plan.

The layoffs are expected to take place on April 30.

According to the Courier Post:

The proceeding this morning lasted just minutes and featured no protests from critics who have decried the controversial move as an untested plan that is tantamount to union busting.

Council President Frank Moran said the city’s elected leaders have the opportunity of putting the long crime-plagued city back on a path to restoration.

“It’s our obligation to make it what it once was,” Moran said.

Under the plan the city will absolve its police force and then pay the county for policing services through the Camden Metro Police Division. Proponents say the larger force will have much better resources to fight crime and also be more cost effective through the elimination of fringe benefits that current Camden officers receive. County officials this fall estimated the force, which also features a large contingent of civilian employees, will come with an estimated $65 million in annual salary and operational costs. According to the county, the same force would cost about $85 million under the city's current cost structure.

But after the proceeding this morning a handful of city activists opposed to the policing takeover claimed they would continue to fight to block the transition. Earlier attempts to put the issue to a citywide vote were blocked in the court.

Camden FOP President John Williamson was once again critical of the plan and has indicated that the FOP will be taking legal action.







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