Camden City Council, state approve plan to lay off all city police officers (Philly Inquirer)

January 5, 2013 – In quick succession Friday, the Camden (Moody’s – Ba2) City Council and the state Department of Community Affairs approved a plan to lay off all of the city’s uniformed police officers, paving the way for a new county-run force to replace Camden’s 141-year-old Police Department. The approvals were given after the state Civil Service Commission last week gave the green light to the mass layoffs, set for April 30. City police unions have vowed to fight the layoffs in court. Critics of the plan call it a union-busting maneuver; city and county officials say the county-run force would operate less expensively and would put more officers on the streets of a city that last year had a record 67 homicides.

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