Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes
By Perry Chiaramonte
Published August 26, 2012
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Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey – often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.
In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures to deal with swollen public sector liabilities and shrinking budgets, the city plans to disband its 460-member police department and replace it with a non-union “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police. Backers of the plan say it will save millions of dollars for taxpayers while ensuring public safety, but police unions say it is simply a way to get out of collective bargaining with the men and women in blue.
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There are few, some would say if any, valid Gooferment functions. A citizen exchanges their loyalty for the protection of the group. Police protection is the the platinum “service” that the Gooferment fails to provide. If it doesn’t do that, why have it.
The argument can be made that a citizen can buy protection service more cheaply from “the Mob” that is much more effective. I remember in the Fifties, one NEVER heard of an old lady being mugged or a store being shoplifted. One did hear of from time to time of a ne’er-do-well tripping on the apocryphal sidewalk crack and spending several weeks in hospital and several months learning to walk again. Those sidewalk cracks are very dangerous. I was give also to understand that members of the local Italian American Club rush to the poor unfortunate’s aid and whisked him to the doctor by way of a small clearing in the Inwood Park informally call “You disrespect my neighborhood; you disrespect me?”.
Ahhh, so here we have the politicians and bureaucrats, having robbed the good taxpayers of everything they have, cuts the one essential service. How about if every one of the politicians and bureaucrats on the public’s dole, gets cut to minimum wage?
Defined benefit pensions are the dodo of the financial world. Time to correct this abuse. Welcome to the 401k world.
A brave new world financially.
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