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August 8, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Violent street crime in Camden dipped in the first three months that the city has been patrolled by a newly formed Camden County-run police force, particularly in two neighborhoods where the initial effort was concentrated, officials said Tuesday. Citywide, daytime nonfatal shootings decreased 44 percent, from 39 victims to 22 from May 1 - the force's start date - to July 31 compared with the same period last year, according to crime statistics issued by the new force and titled "Marks of Progress.
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February 2, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden police on Thursday emphatically rejected what the county had said was its final offer of terms to consider hiring them onto a new county-run force that would replace the 141-year-old city department. The 142-62 vote, in a secret ballot, followed months of contention over the planned force. Officials vowed they would proceed without holding any more talks with the city police union. Some rank-and-file officers and city activists, who have called the county plan an attempt to break the police union, hailed the vote as a rebuke.
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July 14, 1992 | BY DAVE BARRY
The current political situation can best be summed up by the words of Abraham Lincoln, who once said (I believe he said this on the Larry King show): "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but if you nominate George Bush and Bill Clinton, the people will barf on your shoes. " As usual, Lincoln was right. The people are not happy with President Bush, despite his efforts to be the Education President, the Foreign Affairs President, the Domestic Affairs President, the Environment President, the Whatever You Want President, the Bonefishing President and the President Who Communicates Via Sentence Fragments.
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January 6, 2013
With a date certain now set for the Camden Police Department to go out of business, it becomes even more crucial to avoid any reduction in public safety in one of America's deadliest cities. The plan to shut down the department cleared a final hurdle last week when the New Jersey Civil Service Commission gave its approval to lay off the entire 270-member force by April 30. That gives Mayor Dana L. Redd the green light to replace the force with one run by Camden County. Now Redd must master a smooth transition that ensures no lapse in police protection for Camden's 79,000 residents.
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July 30, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Alicia Mitchell's two teenage cousins went missing from her Parkside home, she frantically flagged down an officer walking nearby. The officer, a member of a Camden County police force that has blanketed the neighborhood since April, comforted her and searched for the girls. A second officer took a missing person's report. With cellphones plastered to their ears, Mitchell and the officer called the teenagers' friends. An hour later, the pair, who have lived with Mitchell since their father died from a seafood allergy, walked back into the house.
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February 2, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Until Thursday's deadline to apply to a new county police force, one veteran Camden officer struggled with being practical or principled. He opposes the new force, which would replace the 141-year-old city department, yet he has a family, including four young children, to feed. If his fellow union members had approved the proposed contract terms, he had planned to apply. But his wife ultimately disagreed. "She said, 'You shouldn't put [the application] in. . . . Stand up for what's right,'" the officer, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said Friday.
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April 8, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty years ago, two men, one toting a sawed-off shotgun, the other wielding a pistol, barged into Frank's Deli. Paul Kang, whose parents bought the place in the 1980s, remembers being so scared during the robbery that he trembled for the rest of day. Frank's hasn't been robbed since, but there is crime all around in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood, where men sell drugs on street corners. In January 2011, 20-year-old Anjanea Williams was shot dead outside Frank's, caught in the cross fire between drug dealers.
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January 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden police officers opted to put off a vote on terms offered for jobs on a new Camden County-run force, according to two officers who attended a closed-door union meeting Thursday evening. The county has characterized the terms as its "final offer" to the Fraternal Order of Police, the rank-and-file union, as officials move toward eliminating the city department and replacing it with a larger county force. One officer said that the members wanted more clarity on the county's terms and that a secret ballot might now be held Monday or Tuesday.
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May 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself. The work of a county-run police force that took over patrolling in Camden two years ago has been hailed from City Hall to the governor's mansion. Gov. Christie and local officials have highlighted drops in various crime categories, including homicides, since the advent of the new force, attributing the progress to having more officers on the beat, new crime-fighting technologies, and greater community outreach.
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May 29, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsauken Township's Police Department will not be replaced with a Camden County-run force, the township's public safety director said Wednesday, ending weeks of uncertainty among officers and other residents about the future of policing there. "We have unanimously decided that Pennsauken police stays right where they are," Public Safety Director John Kneib said at a Township Committee meeting, where a crowd of more than 150 people - mostly officers and their families - erupted into applause and cheers, with some yelling, "Thank you!"
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May 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself. The work of a county-run police force that took over patrolling in Camden two years ago has been hailed from City Hall to the governor's mansion. Gov. Christie and local officials have highlighted drops in various crime categories, including homicides, since the advent of the new force, attributing the progress to having more officers on the beat, new crime-fighting technologies, and greater community outreach.
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March 23, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state's highest court will consider whether Camden residents should have been allowed to vote on the disbanding of its police force two years ago. The case, headed to the Supreme Court, is unlikely to affect the current Camden County Metro police division but could have implications on how local governments and petitioners interact on divisive issues. Many of the petitioners who challenged the city two years ago say they're no longer fighting to roll back the new force but for the rights of citizens.
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December 30, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man. He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying. " Two or three hands shot up, and questions followed: Why did you do it? How do you feel now? The children wanted to know more.
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September 12, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
CAMDEN Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono was in North Jersey on Tuesday to unveil her plan to save New Jersey's cities, where record-breaking murder rates and entrenched poverty have continued under Republican Gov. Christie. Urban issues would seem to be a perfect fit for Buono. Cities are heavily Democratic, and many of her policy differences with Christie deal with poverty. She wants to restore a tax credit for the working poor that Christie cut. She opposes his dismantling of the system to create affordable housing.
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August 26, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officer Adam Fulmore pulled over the Honda CRV on South Collings Road in the Fairview section of Camden on Friday. The driver wasn't wearing a seat belt, and an air freshener hung from the rearview mirror, obstructing her view. Fulmore, a 20-year-old rookie with the new Camden County police that began patrolling the city nearly four months ago, let the driver leave with a warning. The vehicle was carrying members of a Philadelphia church group on their way to a water-park outing in Clementon.
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August 11, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CAMDEN COUNTY Police officials are not taking an accusation against one of their officers lying down. The department has launched an internal investigation after a photo of an officer apparently sleeping in a patrol car made the rounds on social media websites. In the photo, the uniformed officer is in the driver's seat with his head tilted back and mouth open. "We are deeply concerned by what appears in that photograph," Police Chief Scott Thomson told the Inquirer through a spokesman.
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August 10, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The picture has made the rounds of social media for the last few days: An officer of Camden's new county-run police force apparently asleep in his squad car, his head tilted back and his mouth open. On Thursday, the Camden County Police Department said it was investigating. "We are deeply concerned by what appears in that photograph," Police Chief Scott Thomson said through a spokesman. "Our residents deserve the absolute best police services, and we continue to encourage anyone who sees something that appears inappropriate to immediately report it to us and we will investigate, as is the case here," he said.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
It's too soon to call the replacement police force now patrolling the streets of Camden a success, but early indications suggest it is already improving the city's quality of life. Camden's old force was disbanded in May and replaced by a unit of the newly formed Camden County Police Department. Since then, homicides and other violent crimes have declined. There was only one daytime murder during the three-month period that ended July 31, compared with 11 during the same period last year.
NEWS
August 8, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Violent street crime in Camden dipped in the first three months that the city has been patrolled by a newly formed Camden County-run police force, particularly in two neighborhoods where the initial effort was concentrated, officials said Tuesday. Citywide, daytime nonfatal shootings decreased 44 percent, from 39 victims to 22 from May 1 - the force's start date - to July 31 compared with the same period last year, according to crime statistics issued by the new force and titled "Marks of Progress.
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