Two dozen officers from the Camden County Metro Division are now learning from former Camden City officers who know the streets, says Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.
It’s hoped that the new “Academy of Law and Public Safety” will provide recruits to the new countywide police force.
Camden County’s park police will be going out of business and its 13 officers, joining the new Metro Division of the County Police Department, will soon patrol the streets of Camden.
They have also tendered a proposed agreement that could allow more current Camden city cops to make the transition to a county wide department.
Camden County freeholders have hired a consultant to coordinate formation of a new county police department, with Camden its’ sole client at this point.
Former Philadelphia police commissioner John Timoney is lending his expertise in Camden County, NJ, as the county moves to create a regional police force.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 president John Williamson believes a new, countywide police force would lead to increased crime — and more.
The changes could come as soon as the end of this year. The police union is considering legal action.
The chiefs are worried that the county is moving too quickly towards consolidation and that their input isn’t being considered.
Many non-essential services will be closed every other Friday to make ends meet.
You used to be able to apply for passports or get information on wills and powers of attorney at the Camden County Store at the Cherry Hill Mall. Not anymore.
Camden County had laid off about one-sixth of its workforce in the name of economy.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie and State Senate president Steve Sweeney were in Camden County this afternoon, talking behind closed doors about the county’s efforts to form countywide police and fire services as a way to cut costs.
“This is a concept that we’ve been exploring over the last year and a half based on the inquiries of several mayors in Camden County,” according to county freeholder director Lou Cappelli.
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