As reported by, Camden officials are now working on plans to have the Camden County government take over the city’s police force. Camden County’s Board of Freeholders approved the concept last week. City officials had already signed on.

The parties have until September 30 to submit a detailed plan for review by the state’s Division of Local Government Services. If the merger happens, Camden would be the first New Jersey city covered by a county police department.

Union officials object to the merger. However, county officials hope a countywide force would offer better coverage and lower costs for taxpayers. So far, Camden is the only municipality to sign on. None of the suburbs have expressed much interest.