As reported by nj.com, on January 31, 2013, the Camden Fraternal Order of Police rejected an offer from the County regarding hiring and representation of the planned countywide police department. The result was 142 to 62 in favor of the offer’s rejection.
If passed, the union would have to relinquish any attempt to transfer its existing collective bargaining agreement, as well as existing rank and seniority, to the new police department, and agree not to seek interest arbitration for one year. Concessions requested by the County in its offer include dropping all litigation aimed at stopping both the elimination of the city police department and the establishment of a county police force.
January 31 was also the last day current Camden police officers could submit applications to join the Camden County Police Metro Division, which will be tasked with patrolling the city under the new public safety plan. County officials stated the county administration building in Gloucester Township remained open until 8 p.m. to accept applications.