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Crime rate plunges after city dumps unionized police
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Quote:Camden, New Jersey dumped its unionized police force last spring, unable to afford the lucrative union contract the city was stuck with, and instead contracted for police services with the nonunion county force.

Crime promptly dropped.

Ed Krayewski reports for Reason:
The city has been run exclusively by Democrats for several generations, and some local leaders openly worried that Camden, which already had the highest crime rate per capita last year, would get worse. But it hasn't. In fact, crime's gone down, as Fox News Latino reports:

The reorganization increased the amount of police on the streets and incorporated cutting edge technology such as ShotSpotter rooftop monitors. The initiative has already gotten results, according to city leaders.

Over the summer months this year, the murder rate fell by 22 percent and crime overall was down 15 percent, according to data provided by Camden County officials.
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Quote:And liberal sick time and family-leave policies have created an unusually high absentee rate: every day, nearly 30 percent of the force does not show up. (A typical rate elsewhere is in the single digits.)

That's from the OP's article. Holy Toledo! How can a police department have any efficiency when every day nearly 30 percent of the force calls out? I wonder if there is an established correlation between their extremely high crime rate and this quoted fact.
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I applaud Camden County for consolidating police services but I am a bit suspicious of their crime stat claims...

The police do not have a big effect on the murder rate going up or down... But more cops on the street mean more arrests...more cases getting followed up on... so the first years crime stats should be a good bit higher than the last year Camden City stats. The big look will be their year two and year three statistics.
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steelcityk9cop;127263 Wrote:I applaud Camden County for consolidating police services but I am a bit suspicious of their crime stat claims...

The police do not have a big effect on the murder rate going up or down... But more cops on the street mean more arrests...more cases getting followed up on... so the first years crime stats should be a good bit higher than the last year Camden City stats. The big look will be their year two and year three statistics.

I wonder if part of the reduction is due to the shotlocaterthingamajigs and increased police presence resulting in arrests now for murders that would have been unsolved before. Arresting a few "bad apples" that quickly might have a positive effect on crime stats. If for no other reason, fewer people are on the street to murder others.
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the "shotlocaterthingamajigs" are a fantasy "feel good" technology that is laughable to even consider as a reason for decreased crimes.


As for the rest of it. I don't even care to comment because stats are too easy to "play with" depending on who wants what results.
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rmagill;127271 Wrote:
steelcityk9cop;127263 Wrote:I applaud Camden County for consolidating police services but I am a bit suspicious of their crime stat claims...

The police do not have a big effect on the murder rate going up or down... But more cops on the street mean more arrests...more cases getting followed up on... so the first years crime stats should be a good bit higher than the last year Camden City stats. The big look will be their year two and year three statistics.

I wonder if part of the reduction is due to the shotlocaterthingamajigs and increased police presence resulting in arrests now for murders that would have been unsolved before. Arresting a few "bad apples" that quickly might have a positive effect on crime stats. If for no other reason, fewer people are on the street to murder others.

I'm good friends with a Philadelphia judge who has a reputation of being very tough on crime. I asked him why he doesn't do homicide cases, and he replied that he serves a better purpose handeling everything else besides homicides because he can put the criminals away for a long time before they can pull the trigger and take a life.
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