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Camden Officials Debate How To Conquer Increase In Violent Crime

By David Madden

Efforts continue to create a Camden County police force, with the City of Camden it’s only confirmed participant so far. This comes as the city struggles with an uptick in violent crime and increasing suggestions that more officers are needed on the street.

One city councilman wants the National Guard brought in. State and city officials are discussing response options. Long term, Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli believes the countywide plan will put more officers on the street. And while national studies now peg Camden as America’s second most dangerous city, Cappelli would dispute that.

“There are certainly some crime problems in Camden city that are generally limited to specific neighborhoods. But Camden city overall is a safe city,” Cappelli explains.

He’d like to see more state police brought in, not the Guard, while the city and county finalize specifics on the new force. Once that’s done, the plan could be put in effect in 4-6 months.

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  • stan

    A generally safe city if you have a gun permit.

  • Chad

    The violence in Camden would have never gotten to this point had parents raised their children to be non-violent. Almost everything that comes out of that culture seems to point to solving conflict with violence.

    More parents (fathers as well as mothers) in Camden need to not only be present in their children’s lives, but teach and model the virtues of peaceful conflict resolution and hard work. If the hip-hop, rap, street culture is the predominate influence in your child’s life, get ready for sorrow.

  • grumpy

    Didn’t these same leaders vote to lay off dozens of police officers just recently?
    Call in the Guard now! It’s due time to protect the LAW abiding citizens.

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