Sunday, August 26, 2012

Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey - often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.


Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey - often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.

In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures to deal with swollen public sector liabilities and shrinking budgets, the city plans to disband its 460-member police department and replace it with a non-union “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police. Backers of the plan say it will save millions of dollars for taxpayers while ensuring public safety, but police unions say it is simply a way to get out of collective bargaining with the men and women in blue.

“This is definitely a form of union-busting," Camden Fraternal Order of Police President John Williamson told FoxNews.com. “This method is unproven and untested, to put your faith in an agency that doesn’t even [yet] exist.”

Camden County Mayor Dana Redd has said layoffs of the city’s police force will begin by the end of the month. Only 49 percent of current city police officers will be transferred to the new county division, whose members will begin a four- to five-month training program.

“There is a crisis, but this is not the solution. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
“The officers who are getting laid off are going to have to be the ones who train their replacements,” Williamson said.

The department has been under the control of the state since 2005, when a power struggle between then-Mayor Gwendolyn Faison and the department prompted Faison to ask the state to take over. That arrangement is set to expire and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has thrown his support behind the transition to county control, which he indicated will help keep costs down.

“A county police force that has a reasonable contract, and that’s going to provide a huge increase in the number of police officers on the streets here in Camden, is a win for everybody,” Christie said at a recent event at Rutgers-Camden University, where he signed a reform bill for higher education. “I’m willing to put my name on the line for this concept.”

But Williamson told FoxNews.com his organization understands the budgetary constraints the city faces and said the FOP has made concessions such as dropping a shift pay differential.

“We tried to give them what they wanted, but they asked that we drop all and any lawsuits that officers have against the city," he said, noting he personally has a suit pending against the city's police chief.

Repeated requests for comment to Redd’s office were not returned.

Earlier this week, a meeting was held with officials from neighboring border towns for a progress update and how the plan would affect their communities. A minor fracas broke out when Chief Joseph Eisenhardt of the Barrington Police Department—a town that does not border Camden—was denied access to the meeting, causing police chiefs from eight other municipalities to walk out. While some suspect he and the other chiefs were there to show solidarity with the Camden city police, Eisenhardt said the county's other municipalities fear that Camden will soak up all of the county police department's resources.

“The county’s resources would be sent to problem areas like [the city of] Camden, taking away from the patrolling of other towns in the county,” Eisenhardt said. “There is a crisis, but this is not the solution.

“It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/24/camden-nj-to-reboot-police-department-by-new-year/#ixzz24evoavMR

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just so long as they have enough money to keep the lazy leeches in free housing with big screen TV's and plenty of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and free food, that's what is important. Thanks be to Obama.

rjp said...

Bye bye greedy public serpents.

Anonymous said...

This will be coming to liberal run cities throughout the US. Several Cali cities filed for bankruptcy this year and now Camden outsourcing policing to county at cheaper cost. Politician promising pay and benefits that they knew could never be kept in the long run. It's not a matter of 3% pay increase or no increase , it is now either pay & benefit cuts or no ay period. Obama took a crappy economy and turned in to a disaster. Lib politicians gave pay for votes and the cupboard is now bare.

Anonymous said...

I bet Mayor Shylock got a little woody when he heard about that one. The last thing any city should do is cut back or dsiband police and fire. We have now seen what no hiring has done to our own dept. Of course the piss poor leadership in making that much worse. You get what you pay for.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you nigger, go back to your CHA rat infested apartment. You fucking link card, no job having porch monkey

Anonymous said...

Fuck you NIGGER!!! Go back to your rat infested section 8 apartment. You fucking link card, no job having porch monkey.

Anonymous said...

Its coming!!

Anonymous said...

Good idea. We should do that here.

Anonymous said...

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN ACTION!!

Anonymous said...

But dont you dare cut any of the freebies that all the useless niggers get that are also the ones committing all the fuckin crime in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Oh it coming, you can bet your bottom dollar they're not going to get rid of them but theyre going to basically make unions powerless kinda like CPS , right to work coming near you .

Connie Diaz said...

Another Victory for the People, to long in the trough piggy's

Anonymous said...

rjp said...

Bye bye greedy public serpents.

August 26, 2012 9:48 PM
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Laugh your ass off, douche bag but, we're the only thing that stands between your life and property in this city and the monster. You couldn't protect a warm cup of piss with 2 friends helping you.

Anonymous said...

All those hard working cops in the ghetto and this is the thanks they get. Unreal. Funny, people think the public workers are greedy and NO one has anything bad to say about the WELFARE system.

I Voted For Obama said...

I wonder if it is a coincidence that Camden voted for Obama.

I Voted For Obama said...

I wonder if it is a coincidence that Camden voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

So, the County Department is less expensive?

How?

Jaun said...

August 26, 2012 9:48 PM
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Laugh your ass off, douche bag but, we're the only thing that stands between your life and property in this city and the monster. You couldn't protect a warm cup of piss with 2 friends helping you.

August
You and the rest are doing a great job stopping all the shootings.You people are just a waste of tax money.

Anonymous said...

Have any of these idiots who are so quick to eliminate the police ever read the book on the Boston Police Strike?
If not, maybe someone should send them a copy.
Think what happened then can't happen again?
Don't bet your life, or your families' safety, on it!

Retired Ol' Sixgun Sarge

Anonymous said...

Laugh your ass off, douche bag but, we're the only thing that stands between your life and property in this city and the monster. You couldn't protect a warm cup of piss with 2 friends helping you.

August 27, 2012 6:56 AM

Easy Abbatte

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea . Mayor Matt OShea
for the Beverly , Morgan Park and Mt Greenwood neighborhoods to become a suburb.
Our own Police , Fire Dept , privatize garbage pick up .
Crime would be way down .

Anonymous said...

One should start taking into account the "HELL" that is about to begin in this country.It gets closer every day.democrats are going to cause upheaval that will be unpresidented in this country since the civil war.IT'S COMING......

Anonymous said...

"So, the County Department is less expensive?"

Lower benefits cost. Plus they already have supporting operations to leverage (e.g. Dispatch, hq, mgmt)

Anonymous said...

can you imagine.......

CPD under the direction of cook county.

Anonymous said...


"CRY HAVOC!", AND LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR!
Shakespere Julilis Ceasar line 270, scene 1 , act III..

Anonymous said...

Obama will fix this in his second term.

Anonymous said...

*cough* air strike *cough* last resort for ol' Camden. They can provide valid research for when we nuke the scum of Chicago

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
One should start taking into account the "HELL" that is about to begin in this country.It gets closer every day.democrats are going to cause upheaval that will be unpresidented in this country since the civil war.IT'S COMING......

August
IT WAS FOUGHT $ YEARS AGO>>>>> YOU FUCKING LOST BLANCO

Anonymous said...

Camden, thats what you get when you give all your money to welfare cheats and illegal aliens, no money to pay the people WHO ACTUALLY FUCKING WORK FOR A LIVING....

Time to saddle up and head to Camden do to some licks...lol

Anonymous said...

We are another step closer to a federally controlled Bureau of Police Services. And that's not a good thing.

Anonymous said...

That's what you idiots get for thinking your immune because your police and fire while they screw over other unions . Eventually every dog has his day.