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Camden NJ, Fires Entire Police Force; Why Cities are Going Bankrupt

luther99 Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 7:58 AM
Big mistake--they should be hiring more safety employees and firing all the executives on the mayor & top administrators' helpers- they should be looking at a part-time mayor & council members--the people will regret this move !!!
Pat68 Wrote: Aug 11, 2012 1:38 AM
aha40 Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 1:53 PM
That doesn't fix the problem -- unsustainable benefits. In other words, if I tell you what you want to hear, you'll vote for me.
Alice153 Wrote: Aug 10, 2012 8:35 AM
Until they muzzle the union bosses, they cannot afford to keep officers on the job. I say, limit the bargaining of unions after the model of Wisconsin and take away the union's ability to force people to pay union dues. The problem will fix itself.
Pat68 Wrote: Aug 11, 2012 1:41 AM
Cops & firefighters are blue-collar jobs that pay relatively little money -- in Arizona I know that firefighters only make $25,000 a year. These are the kinds of jobs we should be fighting for in America. Before you know it everyone except top executives will be working for minimum wage with no health care and no pension -- is that what we want in America.

In an effort to rein in costs, the city of Camden NJ will fire its entire 270 member police force and instead will use Camden County officers.

Mayor Dana Redd and Police Chief Scott Thomson noted that for the same price, Camden can have 400 county officers on staff. That is nearly a 50% increase in the number of officers for the same price.

Of course the unions are howling.

In these cases, the county typically hires most or...

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