Skip to comments.Violent crime spikes after Camden halves police force
Posted on 03/08/2011 2:27:50 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
Two months after Camden, NJ, laid off 160 police officers, city prosecutors have released a sobering report showing a dramatic rise in violent crime in the drug-and-crime-ridden city of 80,000 residents.
Aggravated assaults with firearms jumped 259 percent in January and February compared to last year, and violent crime over all is up 19 percent, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Murders and robberies, however, were down for the period.
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|Camden, NJ braces for deep police, fire cuts
ap ^ | Jan 16, 2011 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
Deep layoffs of city workers go into effect on Tuesday - cutting up to 383 jobs, or one-fourth of the city's employees. The exact number depends on whether public workers' unions make last-minute concessions... Three of Camden's past seven mayors have been sent to prison for corruption, including one who was convicted while he was still running the city.
|America's Second Most Violent City Is Firing Half Its Police Department (Stay out of Camden,NJ)
Business Insider ^ | 12/03/2010 | Gus Lubin
The second most violent city in America just approved plans to layoff half its police force, according to NBC New York. Camden, N.J. will fire one in four city workers on Jan. 18, including half of police. This comes just days after Newark, N.J. fired 167 police officers, which marked the biggest force reduction in 32 years. Camden was named the second most violent city based FBI crime data that came out last week. Newark was named the 23 most violent city in America.
|N.J. approves Camden plan to lay off 180 cops
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/30/2010 | Matt Katz
Camden will lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters while eliminating positions in every city office, according to a layoff plan approved Tuesday by the state. The 383 total layoffs represent about a quarter of the city's work force, and touch all corners of city government, from 15 positions in the municipal court to 20 police dispatchers.
Sounds like they need to loosen up the gun laws.
"They love seeing a 40-year-old cop get out of that car instead of a 24-year-old guy who can actually chase them down," an unnamed police officer told the Times, referring to criminals.
And residents are wasting their time, sources say, if they report nonviolent serious crimes. "If you're not shot or murdered, or if it does not involve a drug gang, it's not going to be investigated," another anonymous cop told the Times. An anti-crime group called The Guardian Angels volunteered to patrol the streets after January's layoffs.
Camden Mayor Dana Redd said 100 police officers could have kept their jobs if they took a 20 percent wage cut. The officers instead agreed to a wage freeze and unpaid leave days, which was rejected. Sixty-seven firefighters and 100 clerks were also axed in an attempt to close the city's $26.5 million deficit, according to the Star-Ledger. The Camden public library was shut down as well.
Camden is one of the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities, though a drop in the murder rate in 2009 and 2010 raised hopes among residents that the tide could be turning.
I’ll wager that this city has been run by Democrats for many years. Just a “wild guess” on my part.
They cut polioce officers, but I bet not a single position got cut in City Hall where I’m sure the lowest bureaucrat makes more than a police officer.
Just a few bad guys can make life depressing. Welcome to East St Louis or Oakland or some other s***hole..
Police don’t prevent crime. They conduct investigations.
St Louis has been a blue city for many many years.
Just tell the libs to make more “CO-EXIST” stickers and PEACE SIGNS..and it’ll all work out.
Funny way of putting it since Camden is supposedly has the worst crime rate of any city of its size. Now they’re saying it’s worse???
“Just tell the libs to make more CO-EXIST stickers and PEACE SIGNS..and itll all work out”.
...don’t forget “Buy Fresh, Buy Local”! That always seem to calm me down!
Ill wager that this city has been run by Democrats for many years. Just a wild guess on my part.
From one of the links in post 1.......
Three of Camden’s past seven mayors have been sent to prison for corruption, including one who was convicted while he was still running the city.
Totally run by only democrats.
You’re making it look worse than it is, they did tear down the prison to make room for waterfront development. /s
IF there was no police union, the city could hire people to patrol for less. I wouldn’t rush to do that everywhere, but this is an emergency.
I wonder how you blame this on the republicans.
From the article...
An anti-crime group called The Guardian Angels volunteered to patrol the streets after January’s layoffs.
Can you imagine the crime in the streets if it wree not for the Guardian Angels?
Burn a cross in front of city hall and the dunderhead obuma will send 1,000 FBI agents to walk around and eat doughnuts. Tack up pictures of Robert Byrd on telephone poles.