Last year, the city of Camden
decided to can its unionized police force in favor of
unionized county cops who
hit the streets this April. The decision came about because the
police union would not budge on the
highly lucrative contract they had, even by police standards.
Camden cops, for example, got a 4 percent bonus for working the day
shift, and a 10 percent bonus for starting at 9:30am. On any given
day, 30 percent of the force was absent because of the liberal sick
policies. The city has been run exclusively by Democrats for
several generations, and some local leaders openly worried that
Camden, which already had the highest crime rate per capita last
year, would get worse.
But it hasn’t. In fact, crime’s gone down, as Fox News Latino
The reorganization increased the amount of police on
the streets and incorporated cutting edge technology such as
ShotSpotter rooftop monitors. The initiative has already gotten
results, according to city leaders.
Over the summer months this year, the murder rate fell by 22
percent and crime overall was down 15 percent, according to data
provided by Camden County officials.
Cities like Detroit, which is now in bankruptcy court in part
thanks to onerous union obligations and whose police department
does not know how many
employees it exactly has or what they do, ought to take
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/27/crime-rate-in-camden-nj-going-down-after