Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd submitted a plan this afternoon to the state Civil Service Commission to lay off the city’s entire police department, paving the way for a county-run force.
A source knowledgeable about the matter said no layoffs would occur until the new department has at least 250 officers patrolling the streets of Camden.
Once fully operational, the county force is expected to number about 400 – about 140 more officers than are on the present city police force.
Camden County officials, citing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, yesterday extended their deadline for receiving applications for the new force by six weeks to Jan. 15. They have said they would only rehire up to 49 percent of the current roster so that the terms of the existing union contract do not extend to the new department.