January 19th, 2011 12:41 AM
Crime-ridden Camden, N.J., cuts police force nearly in half
The mayor of crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey, has announced layoffs of nearly half of the city's police force and close to a third of its fire department.
One hundred sixty-eight police officers and 67 firefighters were laid off Tuesday, as officials struggle to close a $26.5 million budget gap through a series of belt-tightening measures, Mayor Dana Redd told reporters. The layoffs take effect immediately.
Redd said she was unable to secure the $8 million in budget concessions that she says she needed to save the jobs of up to 100 police officers and many of the city's firefighters.
The mayor -- who said she will continue negotiations with police and fire
unions -- had been asking the workers to pay more for their health care, freeze or reduce their salaries and take furlough days.
The apparent impasse has left administrators of a city with the second-highest crime rate in the nation scrambling to figure out solutions to keep residents safe. Camden is second only to St. Louis, Missouri, in annual rankings of cities based on compilations of FBI crime statistics.
Some clerical officers were demoted and reassigned to the streets, the mayor said, pledging that the cuts would not affect public safety.
"We're still going to protect our residents," said Robert Corrales, spokesman for Redd. Public safety "will remain our top concern. We'll shift our resources to be more efficient with what we have."
But police and firefighter union officials say the layoffs will most certainly have an impact.
"It's absolutely, physically impossible to cover the same amount of ground in the same amount of time with less people," said John Williamson, president of the Fraternal Order of Police union in Camden. "Response times will be slower."
One local business owner, David Brown, said he does not "understand how you can do more with less."
"I don't want to be a pessimist, but I can't be optimistic."
Camden resident and sanitation worker Gloria Valentin said she is now fearful that the city does not have enough police protection to keep people safe.
"Today is a real sad day in the city of Camden," she said.
We're all in favor of reducing violent crime. It's just that pro-gunners have a method that is proven effective. Anti-gunners don't.
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January 19th, 2011 01:14 AM
It's all strategic. Cut the cops and firefighters in order to anger citizens and get them ready to accept tax hikes.
We can't cut waste in other area's, we have to scare the folks by cutting their police and fire forces.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
January 19th, 2011 01:31 AM
This is pretty much standard. It has a proven success rate.
Originally Posted by Bark'n
January 19th, 2011 06:39 AM
After slashing the Police force, these mayor's go on TV and blame gun violence on Virginias Gun show loopholes.
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
January 19th, 2011 07:31 AM
Smart move! What nimrods!
You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
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January 19th, 2011 09:37 AM
There should be no issue, NJ has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, according to Mayor Daley and his cronies in the mayors against guns there should be no violence in Camden as a result of this. The law abiding people are safe due to these wonderful laws as criminals will check their guns at the states borders.
January 20th, 2011 02:11 PM
this makes me
their crime rate is through the roof already
they have strict gun laws yet the gun violence is ridiculous
last weekend known gang members were seen wearing shirts saying: "1-18-11, we take back the streets"
their SWAT team is now down from 21 officers to 10
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If loose gun laws are good for criminals why do criminals support gun control?
January 20th, 2011 02:19 PM
The crime rate should now go down... there won't be as many people to take the reports.
"I got a lot of problems with you people!" - Frank Costanza
January 20th, 2011 02:32 PM
The citizens of Camden get the gov't they voted for....any complaints should fall on deaf ears.
If they don't like the way the city/state is run....they have three choices: Fix it themselves, Move, or Live with it....it's these mentally handicapped people who decide to move to my state and try to change it to the way they had it "at home" are what causes problems in freedom loving states...
Tough cookies Camden
- know the difference
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January 20th, 2011 03:19 PM
That sums it up..
Originally Posted by SIGguy229
Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. PSALM 144:1
I CLING to my guns and my Bible.
January 20th, 2011 03:36 PM
Very smart move . Dana Redd is either very smart or totally brain death.
"The Second Amendment: America's Original Homeland Security"
January 20th, 2011 05:04 PM
My prayers go out to the remaining force. They've got to do the job with half the staff. The ones laid off are the lucky ones. They can transfer to a sensible department.
Treat me good, I'll treat you better. Treat me bad, I'll treat you worse.
January 20th, 2011 10:08 PM
Agreed. You can't tell me they couldn't cut something else?
Originally Posted by Bark'n
Not sure about raising taxes though...I don't think there are too many productive taxpayers left there - which is a big part of their problem.
The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
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January 21st, 2011 01:46 PM
You do not have to be a productive taxpayer to tax those that are.
Originally Posted by 10thmtn
January 21st, 2011 09:09 PM
That's exactly right. Give me the budget and watch me cut in wasteful areas.
Originally Posted by Bark'n
Like the five city employees leaning on shovels while one guy digs.
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