New N.J. police force hits streets

250 recently hired officers are to completely replace the city's 141-year-old police department by April 30


By Darran Simon
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, N.J. — In a community center in Camden's Parkside neighborhood, two dozen officers stood at attention in rows of twos and threes, their hands clasped, staring stone-faced — an unusual show of force not far from a drug hot spot.

The officers, all newly minted, were the prime exhibit in a show-and-tell Monday, presented as the first batch of a new county-run force to hit the city's streets.

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