Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

In a desperate bid to regain law and order, police positions will be run by county

Among America's poorest and most crime-ridden cities, Camden, New Jersey is on the verge of dismantling its police department. City officials hope to start fresh with a new force run by the county government.

Revitalization efforts over the past 10 years focused on expanding hospitals and universities, which brought some life to downtown but had a less discernible effect on neighborhoods. Even the best-kept blocks have abandoned homes.

Revitalization efforts over the past 10 years focused on expanding hospitals and universities, which brought some life to downtown but had a less discernible effect on neighborhoods. Even the best-kept blocks have abandoned homes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Camden, New Jersey, police force, corruption, drugs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Unless the union reaches a deal with the county, no more than 49 percent of the city's current officers could join the new force, with pay cuts.

Officials say there are about 170 drug markets operating in this city of 77,000 near Philadelphia. There are more than 700 people here on parole and 600 registered sex offenders.

Camden's murder rate is shocking. Newark attracted national attention for a record number of homicides in 2007. Newark's murder rate that year - 37 per 100,000 residents - was still well below Camden's 53 per 100,000 that year.

There have been 47 murders reported this year. The city record of 58 was set in 1995. Two recent killings have become tragic symbols of the drugs and violence that plague Camden. Two children, ages 2 and 6, were killed allegedly by people authorities believe were high on PCP, aka "angel dust."

Camden has the nation's highest poverty rate with more than two residents in five living in poverty. The big factories that once made Camden an industrial boom town have been gone for more than 25 years.

Revitalization efforts over the past 10 years focused on expanding hospitals and universities, which brought some life to downtown but had a less discernible effect on neighborhoods. Even the best-kept blocks have abandoned homes.

The city government conducted massive layoffs in January of 2011, including nearly half the police department and about one-third of the firefighters.

All the laid-off public safety workers have since been called back, but their numbers have fallen through attrition. In this once bustling city, there are only 270 police officers, down from 450 in 2005 and 368 the day before the layoffs.

Police Chief Scott Thomson points to crime statistics for the two years before the layoffs that showed the crime declining. It was on account of intensive community policing efforts, he says, which came about when detectives were reassigned from desk jobs to patrols. The force was then able to be more proactive.

With the smaller force, he said, walking and biking beats are used more sparingly.

Four hundred properly deployed officers could effectively patrol the city, according to a recent report. The county plan aims to have 401 officers and more than 60 civilians, up from fewer than 20 now.

The civilians would do administrative work and some crime-scene investigations, freeing up officers. Thomson says that's what can make a real difference in the city. "It's very difficult for open-air drug markets to exist when a police officer is walking the beat on that corner," he said.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More U.S.

'Political correctness' could have cost lives in White House Security breach Watch

Image of It was later revealed that the fence-jumper made it all the way to the East Room of the White House, on the second floor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Political correctness" is a hot-button term that has come to mean irrelevance as applied to any given situation. According to Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "political correctness" ... continue reading


Watch out Saudi Arabia! U.S. oil production expected to rapidly increase Watch

Image of A Saudi Arabian oil refinery.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The International Energy Agency says that U.S. production of petroleum is set to exceed that of Saudi Arabia's for the first time since 1991. A growing sign of the future of the American energy sector. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The production of oil and ... continue reading


Latinos run from Obama en mass after president punts immigration reform Watch

Image of Latino activists have turned their back on President Obama after he dropped immigration reform until the midterm election.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama has bowed to worried Senate Democrats, delaying executive actions on immigration until after the midterm elections, fearing that using executive actions would make immigration reform a partisan issue which would hurt Democrats. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


As thousands of illegals enter U.S., who's stuck with the education bill? Watch

Image of Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have flooded into the U.S. during 2014 alone, mostly from South America. While they await immigration trials, schools are responsible for teaching them.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The large numbers of unaccompanied minors who have been illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in ever greater numbers have caused American schools to scramble in an attempt to provide services. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The children and teens who ... continue reading


St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Pope Francis Takes on the Devil Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Now the new People of God is the Church. That is the reason she considers him her protector and support in all her struggles for the defense and expansion of the kingdom of God on earth. It is true that "the powers of death shall not prevail", as the Lord assured ... continue reading


Need milk? Eggs or flower? The Post Office may have you covered Watch

Image of Amazon partnered with the USPS to provide daily grocery deliveries to people in the San Francisco Bay area, a program the USPS wants to extend to the rest of the country.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S. Postal Service has revealed a new plan to reverse its six-year streak of billion-dollar losses, which is as ingenious as it is simple. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The USPS wants to deliver your groceries to you, and the agency sent this proposal to ... continue reading


Where the buffalo roam... Native Americans plan return of free range Bison on the American Great Plains Watch

Image of Bison calves are playful and eager to roam free.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Buffalo are part of the American west. Across the vast prairies of the Great Plains, herds grazed and migrated, crisscrossing the open grasslands in great, thundering tides. Each year, some of these buffalo were hunted by Native Americans who used everything, from ... continue reading


What did he drink to stay alive? Prison guards suspected of murder after inmate dies of thirst Watch

Image of Investigations continue into the death of a mentally ill man at a North Carolina prison.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mentally ill North Carolina man died of thirst after being placed in solitary confinement for 35 and having the water to his cell shut down by prison officials. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Michael Kerr, an inmate at the Alexander Correctional Institution ... continue reading


Who Are the Mother and Brothers of Jesus? We Are Watch

Image of The Father of Jesus becomes our Father also, as we enter, through Him, into the inner life of the Trinity. He underscores this truth right before He ascended when He instructed Mary of Magdala to tell the disciples

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

In this exchange, Jesus opens up for those with eyes to see and ears to hear the deeper interior importance and meaning of the motherhood of Mary  and the interior meaning of all family relationships renewed by the Holy Spirit. He gives to those with ears to ... continue reading


Oklahoma City beheader linked to radical Islamic groups Watch

Image of Alton Nolen, the Oklahoma City man who decapitated his coworker last week had attended a local mosque with ties to radical Islamist groups.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Alton Nolen, the Oklahoma City man who decapitated his coworker last week had attended a local mosque with ties to radical Islamist groups. Suharto Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had been the leader of the Islamic Society of ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
1 In the end it was Job who broke the silence and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:51-56
51 Now it happened that as the time drew near for him ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 30th, 2014 Image

St. Jerome
September 30: St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter