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Budget Cut: Entire Police Force (270 Cops) Is Shut Down

Camden, New Jersey, the deadliest place in  America, is disbanding its entire police force and firing 270 cops in an effort  to deal with a massive budget crunch.

The Camden Police Department will be replaced  with a force run by the county, which supporters say will cost significantly  less and allow more officers on the streets.

Some citizens worry, though that the new  officers, many of them from the county police force, won’t be prepared for the  tough, violent work of patrolling a dense urban city.

The police union says the force, which will  not be unionized, is simply a union-busting move that is meant to get get out of  union contracts.

No matter the political wrangling, the murder  rate in Camden, a decaying city of 77,000, continues to skyrocket.

Decay: The Camden police have struggled to keep up with the soaring murder rate, amid layoffs and budget cuts

There have been 41 homicides in the city so  far this year, including 13 in July alone. That puts Camden well on pace to  break its record of 58 killings, set in 1995.

The murder rate in ten times higher than it  is in New York City, 30 percent higher than New Orleans, the deadliest large  city in the country, and three times higher than nearby Philadelphia.

The architects of the plan say they’ll be  able to put 400 police officers on the streets of Camden — a dramatic  improvement over the 270 who currently work the city, the Camden Courier  Post reports.

 

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