10/19/2010

NJ police layoffs bring sadness and chaos

As many as 180 officers could lose their jobs if the city cannot negotiate concessions in contracts to help plug a $28 million budget deficit

By Maya Rao
The Philadelphia Inquirer

TRENTON, N.J. — Criminal enterprises will flourish in one of America's poorest and most dangerous cities — and reach into neighboring towns — if plans to lay off half the police force take effect, a Camden police union leader told lawmakers Monday.

"All hell will break loose," Fraternal Order of Police lodge president John Williamson testified at a hearing of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

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