New Jersey

Whole Police Force Laid Off in the Garden State

Officials from Camden, NJ made the decision because of budget restraints

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One of America's most dangerous cities is planning to eliminate its entire police department, laying off all 270 of its cops.

The city of Camden has been struggling with a budget deficit for years. In 2011, it was named the poorest city in New Jersey. In an attempt to save millions, its officials decided to get rid of the entire city police force. Instead residents of Camden will have to rely on the new police department, which will be operated by Camden County. And here is the secret for saving money – the new Metro Division of the Camden County police will not have collective bargaining.

"This is a creative way to break a union and break the financial obligations you have to a union," Scot DeCristofaro, spokesman for the Camden Fraternal Order of Police, told National Public Radio.

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