Camden, New Jersey To Lose Half Its Cops Woes

By: Bill Waters
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 18, 2021

Camden, New Jersey to lose half its cops -- More woes? Camden, New Jersey is brasing for drastic cuts to cops around the city. Residents fear the city will be overwhelmed by criminals.

Urban police departments across New Jersey are slashing their ranks as the economy lurches and financial support from the state dries up. Aggressive young cops are turning in their guns and badges while older officers head back to patrol. The years of progress against crime on the state's meanest streets are being threatened.

On Friday Jersey City filed a plan to lay off 82 of its 829 cops. Atlantic City cut 60 of its police officers from its 365-member force this year. However, they hired back 17 on Wednesday after wringing concessions from the union.

Last week Newark laid off 167 of 1,265 officers, a loss unseen since 1978. That year 200 cops were dismissed, triggering a brutal crime spike leading to some of the city's bloodiest years. The state has already approved a plan to lay off more than 300 Camden public workers.

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