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Crime-Ridden Camden to Rehire Fifty Officers

Crime-Ridden Camden to Rehire Fifty Officers

Camden Mayor Dana Redd listens to a question as she stands with police chief Scott Thomson Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Camden, N.J., after announcing that April 1, 2011, the city will rehire 50 police officers and 15 firefighters. In January Camden's budg

USAToday.com via YellowBrix

March 18, 2011

CAMDEN, NJ – Some Camden police officers and firefighters will be back in uniform April 1 thanks to an influx of funds.

City officials today announced a plan that rehires 50 police personel and 15 firefighters via $2.5 million in “payment in lieu of taxes,” or PILOT, funds.

Mayor Dana Redd made the announcement weeks after city council shot down a balanced budget she proposed that would hire back similar numbers.

Nearly 400 Camden employees were laid off Jan. 18 in an attempt to close a $26.5 million budget gap.

Earlier this month, city council passed a resolution accepting a $5.1 million federal grant to rehire laid-off firefighters. Final numbers on will be brought back won’t be known until adoption of the city’s budget.

That brings the total number of rehired firefighters to about 30.

Redd met with Gov. Chris Christie and the mayors of Trenton and Newark last month in what she called a “robust discussion to be creative in an era of shrinking resources.”

She called out criminals who may have thought it was open season for crime.

“Dont be mistaken, we’re out there on the ground and we’re coming for you.”

Police Chief J. Scott Thomson said the rehires will be inserted into crime hot spots as soon as possible.

Redd noted that she would also strongly consider regionalization of police services, but only if it was in the best interest of Camden.


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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42222 Comments

    Way to go Camden...

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    BIG BUMP TO Paulbarone
    My thughts exactly

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    BlueKnight4023

    over 3 years ago

    820 Comments

    Amen!!!

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    The one thing that this article makes me think of is that the criminals of Camden have been on a free reign for the past however long. And now 50 officers are going to come back into the streets that have had little to know enforcement.... I know that being called back is good for a paycheck but please, brothers and sisters getting back to work, remember that you have to be extra careful and make sure you go home at the end of your shift.

    I do agree that LE and FF should never be sacrificed for money saving measures. But leave it to the politicians to make those decisions and then leave us to clean up the mess it causes. I just pray that no officers will have to sacrifice their lives to get the place back on the right path.

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    BlueKnight4023

    over 3 years ago

    820 Comments

    Welcome back 65 - actually 80. = cops (50) and fire fighters (30).

    How long were our brothers & sisters out of work? How many lost their houses & cars? Defaulted on credit or used up their 401k, savings or even kids college fund(s).

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    BlueKnight4023

    over 3 years ago

    820 Comments

    Men & Women in Law Enforcement & Fire Fighters should NEVER be laid off!!! Ever. That is just unacceptable. Those who proposed it & authorized it should be removed from civil service for their dis-service to our communities. Rock the vote or what ever you want to call it!!! We go to cop funerals in the thousands.. Why aren't we all standing up for our pensions, pay & jobs?

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    TreeHugger719

    over 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    She called out criminals who may have thought it was open season for crime.

    “Dont be mistaken, we’re out there on the ground and we’re coming for you.”

    Is this ass monkey serious?! Does she really think people are gonna buy that bullshit??

    They couldnt take the fight to the shit heads before the layoffs but she expects people to believe they can do it now.

    Then again, when half of your uniforms on the street are criminals themselves, what do you expect.....

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    dslow

    over 3 years ago

    704 Comments

    Guess the mayor got her purse stolen and NOW there is a crisis. 117 more brothers and sisters waiting for the call.

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    Glad to hear they are rehiring.

    Something you will never hear from Politicians: I am cutting my pay and other administrators pay to help out with the budget.

    They are the ones who sit behind a desk and make decisions without making scarifices. One day they will wake up and I only pray its sooner than later.

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    tremor2

    over 3 years ago

    430 Comments

    I would concur with what another poster already stated here...if you're hired back and are unemployed at the time, by all means, take the job! But keep your eyes and your options open, and be willing to
    relocate to greener pastures....NJ is just flat busted broke, and economic conditions there will not
    improve anytime soon...

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Yes,it's the right move and definately yes they should continue to look elsewhere

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Alexy ; THUMBS UP .

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Move in the right direction, Don't stop there.....

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    SgtJoe1350

    over 3 years ago

    24484 Comments

    good move!!

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    LCSO_165

    over 3 years ago

    338 Comments

    I was the "victim" of a "termination due to force reduction" in 2005. I was able to my loved profession, but I feel for the officers who lost their jobs, and those who won't be rehired.

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