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.

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