This time it’s police officers in a crime-laden city in New Jersey. Yeah, chew on that for a minute. They are laying off police officers in one of the nation’s most impoverished and crime-riddled cities–Camden, NJ.
Please join me in head-shaking and head-scratching at this phenomenon.
As many as 383 workers, representing one-fourth of the local government’s work force, are expected to lose their jobs, including about half the police force and one-third of the city’s firefighters.A local pastor says “the fear quotient has been raised,” and a police union took out a full-page newspaper advertisement last week warning that Camden would become a “living hell” if layoffs were not averted.
Like the closing of libraries I posted about the other day, this is clearly a situation of letting the poor regions stay poor and disadvantaged, while more prosperous regions suffer little or no budgetary setbacks. There’s a much subtler way to send a message, no?
News source: The Associated Press via Yahoo!