As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney will speak with elected officials from Camden County about the benefits of consolidating local police and fire departments. The meeting will take place March 23, 2011 at Camden County College and is closed to the public and media. Christie is scheduled to meet with reporters afterward.
No New Jersey county has gone as far as mass consolidations of its public safety forces, though smaller combinations are becoming more appealing in some places amid a government budget crunch. The discussion is timely in Camden County because the City of Camden recently laid off nearly half its police officers and the county prosecutor’s office is facing deep layoffs in coming weeks.