Camden makes moves to disband police force

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

August 28, 2012 4:54:31 AM PDT
Camden's city council has taken a major step toward disbanding the city police force to make way for a new county force.

The City Council on Monday agreed to hire Lanuel Ferguson as a consultant. The former New Jersey State Police major will represent the city's interests during the changeover.

The county police force is a new agency. But so far, no town besides Camden has agreed to hand over its patrols.

The city, which is among the nation's most dangerous, believes it can have more officers on the street under a new system. But it also means that all of the 270 officers now with the Camden Police will be laid off by year's end.

Police unions are trying to stop the change.

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