This was linked to me from someone I know, with a touch of laughter. Do not misunderstand me, what has been done these past few years has been a good thing. A decade ago Camden was I believe the worst city in the US for crime based on population. And now it is, I will say, better.
I am a 5-10 minute drive to Camden from my home. My mother, my aunts and uncles, my Grandmother, were all born there. On my birth certificate it lists Camden for place of birth. The neighborhood my family grew up in is mostly leveled now, burned out row homes from decades of violence and crime. Drugs were rampant with people driving in from nearby more affluent towns coming to make a quick score. Camden is the last stop before the train takes you into Philadelphia. It was home to RCA, and Campbell soup. It was a true blue collar town. Over years, those workers saved up and moved their families to nearby towns away from the factories. The population changed, property values dropped, crime and corruption increased.
So about 8-10 years ago they were at their last straw. The state had already taken over the school district and was pressuring the city about the police force. Keep in mind, the state was pumping millions into the city, and it just vanished. So they got rid of the police force….
As we new it
And in came the county police. Camden County is fairly large, so every town contributed towards the force. Now I will point out something to those believing this is a model for doing away with the police. If anything they doubled the force. Now you had patrol cars at all the major intersections, security cameras to watch hot spots, there was a massive crackdown on crime, open air drug deals, and its worked in a fashion, except it really didn’t.
What happened is all of those criminals, the ones looking for a quick score, didn’t have easy prey where they lived, so they hoped on the train, took a 5 minute ride one town up, then two, three, five. They started taking bikes from back yards, would risk checking a car for change. Eventually taking packages delivered in the day off front steps. So people here started putting in Ring doorbells and video surveillance, it helped a little. We all live here, our cars and homes locked up at night, alarm systems set. I am a block from the police station, and that has not been a deterrent from someone going through my car. I even saw a kid on a bike trying my car door one evening. He quickly rode up the street and was gone.
So when you are looking at disbanding your police, just keep in mind that you aren’t solving the problem, you’re pushing it on someone else.