NJ city layoff plan cuts police force by half

The elimination of 180 positions from the force means more bad news for Camden, which has already seen 37 homicides this year

By Matt Katz, Mike Newall and Darran Simon
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, N.J. — The city will lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters, while eliminating positions in every other city office, according to a layoff plan approved Tuesday by the state.

The 383 layoffs represent about a quarter of the city's workforce and touch all corners of city government — from 15 courtroom positions to 20 police dispatchers to all four animal-control officers.

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