ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) – The New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association will hold its spring convention in Connecticut.

The organization decided to pull out of Atlantic City to protest the city laying off 60 police officers this year.

Atlantic City reinstated 17 of the officers last month after concessions were reached that require each of the city’s 300 officers to forfeit $410 to compensate for a single month of salaries and benefits.

PBA President Tony Wieners told The Press of Atlantic City this is the first time the PBA has held the convention outside New Jersey.

The convention will be held at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., March 7-11.

Wieners says members are registering “in record numbers” despite the distance from New Jersey to Connecticut.

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