Redd plans Camden police layoffs to make way for county force

    Camden’s police force is getting ever closer to its shake-up.

    Mayor Dana Redd is preparing to lay off police officers to make way for the controversial county-run Camden Metro Police Division.

    The Inquirer reports the dismantling will begin by the end of the month.


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    The idea for a regionalized police force isn’t a new one for Camden; consultants have been spending time working out the plan since last summer, when the concept was already in the works.

    The new force would focus on street patrols, and is billed as an economical way to patrol the city as it struggles with violence. It’s not clear how much the new force would save, and the city’s police union is already involved in a court case over the issue.

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