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Judge Blocks Newark Police Layoffs

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Layoff notices are seen ready for mailing to members of the Newark Police Department - Newark, NJ - Oct 13, 2010 - Photo: Levon Putney / WCBS 880

Newark police officers received layoff notices in October. (Credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2) – A superior court judge issued a 10-day delay in the layoffs of Newark police officers.

Approximately 167 officers were scheduled to be laid off on Friday, but the judge made the last-minute deal to save the jobs.

The court also reached a settlement to save firefighter jobs.

Some cops, meanwhile, were already prepared to lose their jobs and turned in their guns and badges.

“I feel horrible, don’t have a weapon, I still have to live on these streets where I live. I’m not sure what to do,” Officer Sherri Dillard said.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said the layoffs were needed to close a big budget deficit.

The Newark Police Department issued a statement saying it remains steadfast in its commitment to protect and serve.

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