Crime-Ravaged Camden, N.J., Scraps Police Department To Save Money

camden nj scraps police department

By Abby Rogers

A New Jersey city that reported a murder rate of 46.8 per 100,000 people in 2010 is now without a police department.

Camden, N.J., often dubbed the most dangerous city in the country, is disbanding its police department in a bid to shave millions of dollars off the annual budget, reported Sunday. The department will be replaced with the non-union "Metro Division" of the Camden County Police, which police unions in the area say is "definitely a form of union-busting."

Forty-nine percent of officers currently employed by the city will be transferred to the new division. Those who are not transferred "are going to have to be the ones who train their replacements," Camden Fraternal Order of Police President John Williamson told

The state has been in charge of Camden's police department since 2005 when then-Mayor Gwendolyn Faison asked the state to take over.

Gov. Chris Christie has supported the new organizational structure, saying it will actually increase the number of police officers on the streets.

Williamson said that his organization was willing to make compensation concessions to avoid dissolution of the department. But he was shut down.

"We tried to give them what they wanted, but they asked that we drop all and any lawsuits that officers have against the city," Williamson told

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If I was getting laid off and they asked me to show my replecement the ropes Why Shouild I? For who and for what? I would be highly pissed off and Govenore Christie I hope these guys votes are the ones who mar youre-lelection It would serveyour disgusting fat body right You fat slob you make me sick

January 18 2013 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Way to go numbnuts! How about scrapping the Brick PD and save the people there from getting unwarranted tix every day?? All that police dept does is drive back and forth on Rt. 70 and pull people over to raise money for the town. A town like Camden needs more cops you morons! And why would the state aquarium (which is probably the best aquarium I've ever been to) be in a garbage dump like Camden with all the animals??? No one wants to go there!

August 29 2012 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

get the non druggies out you might need maybe 2 buses and then nuke the **** hole and be done with it

August 29 2012 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It will be interesting to see how many of those officers that will be laid off will actually spend the time to train someone else to do their job. Like Mike said, wait for the bonfires as the fun begins as Camden implodes. You might want to bring out those fire arms that you have hidden away and prepare to protect yourself, your family members, and your property. Stock up on plenty of ammunition and food. The Wild East is about to begin.

August 28 2012 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can tell who lives off the system and who doesn,t here.

August 28 2012 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Kennedy

let's just get the ole' comfy lawn chair out, and while we're at it, the BBQ to cook up some burgers and hot dogs, and maybe a brewski or 2 (or 6) and wait for the bonfires as the fun begins as Camden implodes and the lawlessness takes over. BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!

August 28 2012 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First of all the murder statistics are largely derived from criminals killing other criminals so I would not be so concerned with the rate per thousand. I guarantee that there are more than one criminal per 1000 people in Camden. The unions have reached the pinnacle of the money grabbing that has occurred for the past 40 years of increases to pensions, insurance, cost of living raises and so forth and its has finally reach the point that it cannot be afforded any longer. Privatization will make a more cost effective force and each officer will have to do his job in order to keep it. The new company will also pay benefits such as health insurance ect. to attract competant officers and keep them. Gotta love the free market! Forget about the over reaching unions they let their greed and corruption ruin a good thing.

August 28 2012 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Salve Tutti!

Incredulous! I could see sending in the local nation guard, since the problems are so incredibly high. Doing the math, .05% of all people in Camden, will be murdered. That is 1 out of every 1000 people. An incredibly high amount. Why they are firing half the force, and relocating them, to move in other, non union police, means that they will be doing the same, high risk job, without the perks one gets when one is in a union, like health insurance, protection in the event of a shooting, accidental or otherwise. Plus all the pensions and other perks that come along with being in a union (which is why so many groups of workers, in our nation's history, who did not have any union protection, demanded it, and most, eventually got it). How can anyone who is 40yo+, not remember the 'look for the union label' song, as was done in the commercial for unions in the 70's. Mention 'union' to some, and they automatically think of communism and the like which is just foolish. Gone off track, though. Camden, the city that needs so much protection, the majority of its innocent citizens being incessantly harassed and hurt by its minority of thugs is doing away with their police force, to save money???? Not right. Something about this, simply stinks of politics and I don't think the people of Camden have to pay for this change, with their lives. I would not want this on my conscience. The mayor and governor should be ashamed, though with Christie, given he feels little, (or does not allow is to see him, feel) would never allow us to see him shamed and will, in the end, blame someone else for the catastrophe that I cannot help think, will follow. Feel sorry for those in Trenton and Philadelphia,,,who already have enough crime problems with violence. Total foolery.

August 28 2012 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Others who were against trade unions: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro, Kim, etc.

August 28 2012 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No Unions will finally allow Drug Rings,Gangs, Rogue Religious Organizations to swear in their stooges as police..they roam the streets, un.touched, in the open,anyway, we have the same situation here in jax. fla..Where is Homeland Security..etc..Welcome to MexAmerica..

August 28 2012 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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