Target: New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie
Goal: Stop Camden from becoming more dangerous by demanding that the police force not be eliminated
Recently, the dangerous city of Camden, New Jersey decided that it was going to get rid of all 270 Camden cops, thus eliminating the police force. For many years, Camden has struggled to meet its budget. In fact, it is one of the most economically poor cities in the country. Officials believe that eliminating the police force will help save the city millions of dollars each year. While this does seem like a good economic benefit, Camden is extremely crime ridden and desperately needs a strong police force. For example, Camden has more crime each year than 90 percent of U.S. cities. Without a police force, this rate will be even higher. So although economic growth is important, this cannot happen without the safety that the police force provides.
Apparently, this police force is to be replaced by a Camden County police force; however, Camden County is much larger than Camden itself, and there simply will not be enough cops to pay specific attention to crime in Camden. An official stated that this change was necessary in order to make the city safer. This seems quite contradictory because police officers are the ones who usually stop crime and keep neighborhoods safe. We cannot let the city of Camden lose its police force. Demand that Camden keep its police force in order to keep residents safe.
Dear Governor Christie,
It is imperative that you do not allow officials to eliminate the Camden police force. Although Camden is an extremely impoverished neighborhood, budget cuts must not be made in exchange for people’s safety. It is no secret that Camden is an extremely dangerous city, reporting a murder rate of 46.8 murders per 100,000 people. If Camden is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. why would it make sense to eliminate its police force? If the police force is eliminated, crime rates will get even higher, and economic growth will not matter if more and more murders are happening daily.
It is known that the city of Camden plans to replace its police force with a department of the Camden County police force; however, there are simply not enough cops to cover all of Camden County while still paying close attention to Camden itself. It was reported that you believed that this would actually result in more police officers in the county; however, this does not translate to more officers in the city itself. Not all of Camden County needs a heavy police presence, but Camden does. In order to keep residents safe and stop the crime rate from going up, you must not get rid of the Camden City police force.
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