CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Some police officers were turning in their badges in one of the nation’s most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.
Deep layoffs began in Camden Tuesday. Up to one-fourth of the city government’s workforce is expected to lose their jobs.
About half the police force and one-third the firefighters were expected to lose their positions.
Police officers began turning in their badges Monday as it became clear that no last-minute deal was going to save many jobs.
Firefighters were planning to march to City Hall.
Mayor Dana Redd was planning a noon news conference to talk about the layoffs in a city facing a huge budget deficit and declining state aid.
(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)