In wake of 270 cops laid off, Camden, NJ reworks force

Officers would serve their last day at work by Dec. 31 as officials work to restructure the crime-ridden city


By Claudia Vargas and Darran Simon
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, N.J. — Forging ahead with plans for a new Camden County police force, local officials have chosen two retired state police executives — including one whose brief employment in Camden ended abruptly last year — for top jobs piloting the yet-to-be-established department.

Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd has asked Lanuel J. Ferguson, a former state police major, to work as Camden's public safety consultant while the city disbands its Police Department and makes the transition to the regionalized force.

Former state police Capt. Edward J. Fanelle has been hired as director of police services for the county force, a permanent post.

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