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NJ's most dangerous city is laying off half its police force, thoughts?

CAMDEN, N.J. – Some firefighters turned in their helmets and police officers their badges Tuesday as part of deep municipal layoffs destined to further erode the quality of life in Camden, already one of the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.

About 335 workers, representing one-sixth of the local government work force, lost their jobs, according to Mayor Dana Redd. It was worst in the public safety departments, where nearly half the police force and close to one-third of the city's firefighters were laid off.

Laid-off firefighters walked eight blocks together from the police union hall to Fire Department headquarters, snaking past City Hall, then lined up their helmets in front of the building, picked them back up and started to turn them in along with their other gear.

"It's one of the worst days in the history of Camden," said Ken Chambers, president of the firefighters union.

Redd blamed the public safety employee cuts on their unions, saying they have not been willing to make job-saving concessions or accept the reality that the state government will no longer bail out the city as it has for the past two generations.

"Instead of protecting and serving the city, the residents of Camden, they're choosing to protect their high salaries," she said.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:23 AM on Jan. 19, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:23 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I know its rediculous. My sisters ex is a firefighter and was layed off. Its sad. The city is only gonna get worse!
    Steph319

    Answer by Steph319 at 8:24 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I can't really say that blue states have my empathy, sympathy or compassion right now.
    It's like I can't be sad for someone who got what they asked for, ya know?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:26 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Democrats have run Camden for generations! It's shed population and jobs, and is usually ranked in the top 10 highest murder rates each year! It's NJ smaller version of Detroit! So your answer is keep doing what they've been doing?!

    Sounds like Camden's version of "Hope and Change" would be to let someone who wasn't a Democratic crook run it for a while!! :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:33 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Same for Atlantic City!! They had 20-30 years of a monopoly on casino gambling, east of the Mississippi, and NOTHING to show for it except for the succession of DEMOCRATIC mayors arrested for FRAUD!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:35 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • "Instead of protecting and serving the city, the residents of Camden, they're choosing to protect their high salaries," she said
    **No sympathy for the SOB's
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:37 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I know, it's happening all over. Hubby's police force was recently cut, though it had nothing to do with money (very little saved in comparison to what they could have received by making similar changes as the neighboring towns) and everything to do with "image" - those in power wanted to show they were doing something in these hard economic times. There were the usual protests, saying that cutting manpower would impact crime for the worse, and all the studies and statistics backed it up but no one believed it until it actually happened; now they're all backpeddling.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:41 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • all of you crowing about the dem leadership...


    The Republican gov. cut education MILLIONS.....but left city perks. The DEMS in that state are fighting to get rid of PERKS for the states gov officials...not take money from places its really NEEDED like EDUCATION , POLICE and FIRE

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:43 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  •  

    I know, it's happening all over. Hubby's police force was recently cut, though it had nothing to do with money (very little saved in comparison to what they could have received by making similar changes as the neighboring towns) and everything to do with "image" - those in power wanted to show they were doing something in these hard economic times. There were the usual protests, saying that cutting manpower would impact crime for the worse, and all the studies and statistics backed it up but no one believed it until it actually happened; now they're all backpeddling.

    yup, its about the biggest dog and pony show

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:44 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Welcome to the progressive USA.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:47 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

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