Camden, N.J., to lose nearly half its cops
By Tami Luhby
There will be fewer cops patrolling the streets of Camden, N.J., come Tuesday.
Struggling to close a $26.5 million budget gap, the city is laying off 163 police officers, nearly 44% of the force. And Camden will also lose 60 of its 215 firefighters. Some people with desk jobs will be demoted and reassigned to the streets.
The mayor’s office says that the cuts will not affect public safety in the city that has the second highest crime rate in the nation, according to a recent study.
“We’re still going to protect our residents,” said Robert Corrales, spokesman for Mayor Dana Redd. Public safety “will remain our top concern. We’ll shift our resources to be more efficient with what we have.”