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Camden and County to Join Police Forces; Meanwhile State Police Takes Control of City

12-12-11

By Young Soo Yang

Updated: December 14, 2011

On Monday, the New Jersey State Police began its patrol of the city of Camden and will continue on random nights through the end of the year, according to law enforcement sources.

The action comes after Camden Mayor Dana Redd’s announcement on Friday to move forward with a controversial plan for a county takeover of the Camden Police Department. The announcement offered no details for when the plan would take effect.

The fatal shooting of grocer Miguel Almonte a week ago at Bernard’s Grocery store in Camden was the city’s 48th homicide of the year.

As David Cruz reports, the frustration over the lack of sufficient law enforcement has become a fabric of everyday life for the city’s residents.

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Earlier this year, the city’s police force suffered massive layoffs due to budget shortfalls.

Last week, Camden was named the second-most-dangerous city in the country for the second year in a row by the the annual CQ Press rankings. Based on 2010 data, Flint, Mich., topped the list, followed by Camden, Detroit and St. Louis.