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America's Deadliest And Poorest City Set To Disband Its Entire Police Force Over Budget Crisis
Zero Hedge ^ | 09/24/2012 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 09/24/2012 9:37:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

While the stock market in the US continues to surge (if not so much in China where the composite is back to 2009 lows) as the relentless liquidity tsunami makes its way into stocks, and other Fed frontrunning instruments, and only there, reality for everyone else refuses to wait. Last week we saw reality striking in Greece, where a section of Athens literally shut down after it ran out of all cash. Today, reality comes to the US, and specifically its poorest city, Camden, which is a twofer, doubling down also as America's deadliest city. It turns out Camden is about to become even deadliest-er, as its police force is set to be disbanded following a budget crisis in this effectively insolvent city.

AP reports:

This city, long among the nation's poorest and most crime-ridden, is on the verge of dismantling its police department and starting anew with a force run by the county government.

 

City officials are making the move to increase the number of officers while keeping the cost the same by averting rules negotiated with a union that city officials have seen as unwilling to compromise.

 

Unless the union - which is skeptical of the stated motivations for the change - reaches a deal with the county, no more than 49 per cent of the city's current officers could join the new force and those that do will get pay cuts.

 

John Wilson, a 57-year-old unemployed baker who's lived in the city his whole life, thinks it's worth a try.

 

'The police in Camden clearly haven't been doing their job,' he said last week as he walked to his home in the Parkside neighborhood, which has seen six homicides since the start of 2011.

 

'Any change has to be better. It can't get worse now.'

Oh yes it can. Here's why:

Officials say there are about 170 drug markets operating in this city of 77,000 near Philadelphia, more than 700 people on parole and 600 registered sex offenders.

 

The murder rate is unthinkably high. In 2007, Newark attracted national attention for a record number of homicides.

 

As of Friday, there had been 47 murders this year. The city record of 58 was set in 1995.

One can only hope this is not a harbinger of what is coming to all American cash flow, not money dilution ability, ends. Sadly, for Camden there is no more hope.

The city has the nation's highest poverty rate with more than two residents in five living in poverty, census data show.

 

The big factories that once made Camden an industrial boomtown have been gone for a generation.

 

Over the past decade, revitalization efforts focused on expanding hospitals and universities, which brought some life to downtown but had a less discernible effect on neighborhoods where even the best-kept blocks have abandoned homes.

 

The city expects only $25 million of its $150 million next proposed budget to come from property taxes. Most of the rest is supplied by state aid - and that's declining.

Think massive ECB bailouts, which in the US are far more streamlined. As for the local residents who still are paying property taxes, it may be prudent to just take your real estate losses and move on. Or else...

In January 2011, the city government conducted massive layoffs, including nearly half the police department and about one-third of the firefighters.

 

Since then, all the laid-off public safety workers have been called back, but their numbers have fallen through attrition.

 

Now, there are 270 police officers, down from 450 in 2005 and 368 the day before the layoffs.

 

Police Chief Scott Thomson, who is slated to lead the Camden County Police Department's Metro Division, points to crime statistics for the two years before the layoffs that showed the crime declining.

 

He says it's because of intensive community policing efforts that came about when detectives were reassigned from desk jobs to patrols and the force was able to be more proactive.

 

With the smaller force, he said, walking and biking beats are used more sparingly.

In the meantime, the local cops are all preparing to bail as entitlement funding runs out

The Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents Camden's rank-and-file officers is upset that they have not been presented with a formal plan.

 

Cappelli says officers in the new department would have base salaries that are the same or higher than what they make now - ranging from $31,000 for a rookie to about $80,000.

 

Officers' health insurance contributions would increase, and officers would also lose longevity and shift differential payments that combined can boost their pay up to 22 per cent.

 

The plan is to start hiring for the new force in October and have a mix of city and county police patrol the city during a training period before shutting down the city department sometime in the first few months of 2013.

The plan will not work. Good luck Camden: you will need it in your transformation to the first circle of US hell, soon to be joined by many more.

And here are some pictures of just what Dante would see in his modern descent into America.

Shocking crimes: A Camden police officer stands in the doorway of a home on August 22 in New Jersey's most impoverished city, where authorities say a 2-year-old boy was decapitated, apparently by his mother

Shocking crimes: A Camden police officer stands in the doorway of a home on August 22 in New Jersey's most impoverished city, where authorities say a 2-year-old boy was decapitated, apparently by his mother

Fight: A supporter of the Camden Police Department speaks during a hearing before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, in Trenton

Fight: A supporter of the Camden Police Department speaks during a hearing before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, in Trenton

Forces dwindling: There are now 270 police officers in Camden, down from 450 in 2005 and 368 the day before the layoffs

Forces dwindling: There are now 270 police officers in Camden, down from 450 in 2005 and 368 the day before the layoffs

Run down: Crack houses have sprung up amid the boarded-up factories and burned out houses in Camden

Run down: Crack houses have sprung up amid the boarded-up factories and burned out houses in Camden

 

Abject poverty: The unemployment rate in Camden skyrocketed from less than 9 per cent to more than 20 per cent during the recession

Abject poverty: The unemployment rate in Camden skyrocketed from less than 9 per cent to more than 20 per cent during the recession

Gone: Camden police officers will lose their jobs at the end of the year when the department is disbanded

Gone: Camden police officers will lose their jobs at the end of the year when the department is disbanded

 

Decay: The Camden police have struggled to keep up with the soaring murder rate, amid layoffs and budget cuts

Decay: The Camden police have struggled to keep up with the soaring murder rate, amid layoffs and budget cuts

Decay: Soaring unemployment and the flight of thousands of city residents has resulted in urban blight spreading across the city

Decay: Soaring unemployment and the flight of thousands of city residents has resulted in urban blight spreading across the city



Run-down: Residents look out over the gutter city where almost half of people are unemployed

Run-down: Residents look out over the gutter city where almost half of people are unemployed

 



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bluezones; budget; camden; crime; leo; nj; taxandspend; urban

1 posted on 09/24/2012 9:37:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No surprise with this one. Run under the same party auspices and model as Detroit.

Guess that there was a reason a few years back when they placed the characters of “My Name is Earl” in a city called Camden which was sleazy and corrupt.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 9:44:08 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s America?


3 posted on 09/24/2012 9:44:08 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
are those pictures, typical for the city?
looks like East St. Louis, Il.

4 posted on 09/24/2012 9:44:46 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: DYngbld

Not just the kenyan’s America, it is the America of his National Socialist Democrat Party.

FUBO & FAD


5 posted on 09/24/2012 9:45:41 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone who notices the pattern is racist.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 9:46:07 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: RJS1950

This is what “progressive leadership” always does - when revenues are down and people can’t/won’t pay more taxes,

they cut the services that hurt the most people.

They’ll keep their third assistant wine steward, though, and his lifelong union pension.


7 posted on 09/24/2012 9:46:26 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
It turns out Camden is about to become even deadliest-er, as its police force is set to be disbanded following a budget crisis in this effectively insolvent city.

Let the people arm themselves.
8 posted on 09/24/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

great article. should be frontpage national news.
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...and, this is why i think even the defense budget,
must be slashed.
the buget needs to be balanced NOW.
or like Camden, at some point in the future,
their simply won’t be any money.
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for the sake of our children, we must stop borrowing money,
NOW !


9 posted on 09/24/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: skinkinthegrass

E. St Louis, where my father grew up in the 30s and from what he used to say, a craphole then. The democrat model it to make them all look alike, so to speak. Spreading the misery is what democrats do best.

Again, a National Socialist Democrat Party run town.

FUBO & FAD


10 posted on 09/24/2012 9:48:27 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: DYngbld; RJS1950

RE: Obama’s America?

We should also remind ourselves that Camden is a city in the state of New Jersey... whose governor was the keynote speaker of the GOP Convention -— The Honorable Chris Christie.


11 posted on 09/24/2012 9:49:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

And here I thought East St. Louis, Illinois, was the poorest incorporated municipality in America.

They certainly have been in the business of competing for the botton even longer than Camden.


12 posted on 09/24/2012 9:53:08 AM PDT by alloysteel ("You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity".)
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To: SeekAndFind

You could have GOP governors for the next 30 years putting their emphasis and resources on cleaning up Camden and cities like it but as long as these cities are run by democrats NOTHING will change.

Granted, he should have used it as an example of what democrat rule does to people and cities and why nobody should ever vote for a democrat; but he didn’t so I can fault him for that.

Democrats ARE the enemy, to the Republic and the Constitution.


13 posted on 09/24/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind; Travis McGee

America, this is your future.... and it’ll get worse when the EBT’s stop working


14 posted on 09/24/2012 9:54:57 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Elendur
and, this is why i think even the defense budget, must be slashed.

Getting us out of the mideast would be a good start. Cutting off the aid would be another good step.
15 posted on 09/24/2012 10:01:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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It looks to me like time to bulldoze the whole thing.


16 posted on 09/24/2012 10:05:45 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You see that last photo with the NY skyline in the background? Do you realize what that REALESTATE is actually worth on the open market? Train access to the city. It’s the government that keeps the bums on that valuable land. Why?


17 posted on 09/24/2012 10:08:11 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: SpaceBar
"Anyone who notices the pattern is racist."
NO I'M NOT.

18 posted on 09/24/2012 10:09:50 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We should also remind ourselves that Camden is a city in the state of New Jersey... whose governor was the keynote speaker of the GOP Convention -— The Honorable Chris Christie.”

What? You actually believe that Camden is Christie’s fault? Get real, here is what’s really wrong with Camden:

http://www.ci.camden.nj.us/city/mayor_office.html

The real solution for Camden is to bring in a lot of bulldozers and raze most of it.


19 posted on 09/24/2012 10:12:43 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: RJS1950

As long as the majority of residents is named Leroy, Tyrone or has renamed himself Muhammed there isn’t much chance of improvement.


20 posted on 09/24/2012 10:13:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Elendur

Using the threat of lawlessness to agitate for a tax increase and/or a bailout IMHO.


21 posted on 09/24/2012 10:14:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

The question that needs to be asked is “what’s being funded?”

For years, it has been a favorite trick of liberal politicians to plead poverty for police and fire when the budget won’t balance (which is often, in cities they run).

What is Camden funding that could be privatized or eliminated to preserve emergency services?


22 posted on 09/24/2012 10:18:00 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: The Toll
You see that last photo with the NY skyline in the background?

That's the Philly skyline. Camden is rock throwing distance from Philly. NY is over an hour away.


23 posted on 09/24/2012 10:19:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: skinkinthegrass
are those pictures, typical for the city?

Maybe Detroit, but no, in fact this makes places like South Central LA appear as the shinning city on the hill.

What ya see here is a freaking disgrace to America and a mirror reflection of corrupt government leadership.

24 posted on 09/24/2012 10:21:31 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: vette6387
The Honorable
Dana L. Redd

About the Mayor

Dana L. Redd was sworn in as the Mayor of the City of Camden on January 1, 2010.

As Mayor of the City of Camden, Dana looks forward to drawing upon her passion for the City, previous public service, and vision to move Camden forward.

Mayor Redd is a lifelong resident of Camden City and has spent more than 20 years working in the public sector as a dedicated public servant. Born in 1968, Dana suffered the loss of both her parents at the age of eight. Raised by her grandparents in Waterfront South neighborhood, she attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, Center City Catholic Junior High and is a 1986 graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School in Pennsauken.

After graduating high school, Dana worked during the day to help raise her younger brother, while attending college part-time at night. A graduate of Rutgers University - Camden Campus, Ms. Redd earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies and attended the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Elected to Camden City Council in 2001 and re-elected in 2005, she has been a strong advocate for Camden's diverse neighborhoods and has fought for issues of fairness and parity. As a member of Council, Ms. Redd represented the interests of Camden's communities in many capacities including serving on the Public Works and Administration Committees and also as a Chairperson of the Camden City Housing Authority.

Ms. Redd also represented the City of Camden as the New Jersey State Senator for the 5th Legislative District from 2008 until January 2010 when she became Mayor. In the Senate, she served as a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee; Vice Chair of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee; Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; and as a member of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools.

Dana's previous public service also included serving as Chief of Staff for Camden County Freeholder, Riletta Cream and as the Director of Operations under the Department of Buildings & Operations for Camden County. As director, she was responsible for the County's telecommunication network and administered all aspects of public contracting, initiating cost cutting measures and developing a shared services model for increased efficiencies and economies of scale.

Dana's driving force and personal inspiration has been her father, Ronald, and his expressed belief in Camden's renewal and renaissance. He urged the family not to leave because the city was slated to experience a "comeback." She firmly believes in the City Invincible, and it is to this end, that she serves the community.

Through her work as a public servant, Ms. Redd remains very passionate about empowering the lives of others, strengthening families and communities through partnerships and programs that offer an improved quality of life. She often cites Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the US Congress, who said: "Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth," and Luke 12:48 "To who much is given, much is required."

Ms. Redd has served as a member of the New Jersey Redistricting Commission and has volunteered her time and talents to a number of organizations throughout the region including the American Red Cross Camden County Chapter Good Neighbor Awards Dinner Committee, the Camden County Board of Social Services, the Camden Eye Center, Virtua Health Foundation Board of Trustees, and Fairview Main Street Board of Directors. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors.


25 posted on 09/24/2012 10:24:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Camden is rock throwing distance from Philly.

I thought the standard unit of distance measurement in Camden was 'bullet-seconds'.

26 posted on 09/24/2012 10:27:10 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Colonel_Flagg

You can bet that all the pay and goodies for the office the mayor and city council are still being funded.


27 posted on 09/24/2012 10:28:21 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I always open these threads thinking it will be about East St. Louis, IL. Camden has come up the last couple times. Sad to think there are places worse off than East St. Louis, IL...


28 posted on 09/24/2012 10:31:04 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: The Toll

From Wikipedia:

The city of Camden is the county seat of Camden County, New Jersey, and a suburb located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

As of the 2010 United States Census the city had a total population of 77,344, representing a decline of 2,560 (3.2%) from the 79,904 residents enumerated during the 2000 Census, with Camden ranking as the 12th-largest municipality in the state in 2010 after having been ranked 10th in 2000, The 2000 population had declined by 7,588 (-8.7%) from the 87,492 counted in the 1990 Census.


29 posted on 09/24/2012 10:31:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Camden has such a bad reputation I’ve heard of citizen owned construction contractors being unable to find illegals to work on building contracts inside Camden, the illegals refuse to enter the city.

This only shifts the burdens of failure around, no the CAmden county property owners outside the Camden City limits will be burdened with a higher property tax bill in the future while the New Jersey State taxpayers will see a slightly lower tax bill.

You do not want to buy a house in any of the suburban towns in Camden county where the property taxes are already bumping up on the 3% increase a year cap, the county will be assessing properties above the cap going forward to pay for the county Sheriff’s increased budgets.


30 posted on 09/24/2012 10:36:06 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: SeekAndFind
This is what decades of Democrats (socialism) running a city does to a city or country. Obama will do to the rest of America what democrats have done to these cities like camden , newark, detroit etc.

I have had so many debates with idiot liberals/democrats who still trust government , government bureaucrats, and democrats to run things better than the free market( capitalism).

31 posted on 09/24/2012 10:39:43 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Anybody got a job here?"

32 posted on 09/24/2012 10:41:47 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what democrats(socialism) do to a city or country.

Stupid liberals should understand that socialism(government) never works.


33 posted on 09/24/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what democrats(socialism) do to a city or country.

Stupid liberals should understand that socialism(government) never works.

Obama will make the rest of America look like these cities which are hell holes.


34 posted on 09/24/2012 10:43:04 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: IbJensen

Bookmark


35 posted on 09/24/2012 10:49:31 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: IbJensen
"Anybody got a job here?"

"What's a job? And don't use 4 letter words in front of my woman."

36 posted on 09/24/2012 10:53:39 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: The Toll

“You see that last photo with the NY skyline in the background?” Hey MORON Camden, NJ is RIGHT across the river from PHILLY. it’s PHILLY you see NOT NYC!


37 posted on 09/24/2012 10:56:04 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Venturer

There is another possibility regarding these deplorable crime-ridden husks of cities that no one has dared consider. Maybe the majority of residents actually prefer it that way. My intuition tells me that you could move the entire population to a brand spanking new city, and in a short time, it would look like Camden. Bulldozing abandoned structures and throwing money at it doesn’t address the core problem.


38 posted on 09/24/2012 10:56:47 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Robwin
And don't use 4 letter words in front of my woman."

Woman indeed. "That 'ho be my bitch!"

39 posted on 09/24/2012 11:01:08 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Another 4 years of Obama & this is how the rest of America is going to look!!

Romney may not be your first choice - but common sense says our kids & the rest of us will suffer greatly for a bad voting decision.

Right now, the Kenyan is flying around on Air Force One on the taxpayer's dime...Rewarding him with a complete dictatorship would be something we would regret for the rest of our lives.

40 posted on 09/24/2012 11:10:14 AM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: SeekAndFind
Now, there are 270 police officers, down from 450 in 2005 and 368 the day before the layoffs.

In a free society, a city of 77,000 people shouldn't require 450 police officers, 368 police officers, or even 270 police officers. The sad fact is that Camden's crime rate was one of the worst in the Country even when it had 450 police officers, and while the crime rate has gotten slightly worse since the reductions in the police force, the slight uptick in the crime rate could be attributable to factors other than the number of police officers on the street.

To put things in perspective, the closest city to where I currently live has 80,000 people and a police force of 150 officers. The city where I used to live has one of the highest crime rates in the State of New York and it has about 190 officers for 75,000 people. New York City with 8,250,000 residents and an additional 2 to 3 million visitors/commuters on any given day has 34,500 police officers or one officer for every 239 residents; whereas Camden had one officer for every 171 people.

41 posted on 09/24/2012 11:14:30 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: SeekAndFind

LOOKS LIKE HOME TO ME

42 posted on 09/24/2012 11:24:09 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: US Navy Vet

Dern, I read the whole article thinking “Newark” for some reason. Still “moron” is a bit much don’t ya think?


43 posted on 09/24/2012 11:50:28 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: skinkinthegrass

East St. Louis, and much of St. Louis proper, and portions of north St. Louis County.

Of course, this isn’t new, every city has a portion of town that looks like Camden/Detroit.


44 posted on 09/24/2012 1:02:02 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: SpaceBar

You are 100% correct. If you moved the present population of Camden to another city, it would be mere weeks before it looked like Camden.


45 posted on 09/24/2012 2:42:50 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
It looks like the next step in the process is to ship the residents of the city into Section 8 housing in the better surrounding communities, and increase their limits on the EBT cards.

That will fix the problems. Yeah. No doubt that is what the Dems are planning now as the fix...

46 posted on 09/24/2012 3:18:23 PM PDT by Gritty (This election represents the last exit ramp before the death spiral - Mark Steyn)
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To: Elendur

its the pensions and benefits...its unsustainable and the people know it.....


47 posted on 09/27/2012 11:25:21 PM PDT by cherry
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