By Wyatt Earp | September 16, 2011
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into New Jersey, the city of Trenton announced the layoffs of 108 police officers, effective today. First Camden, then Newark, and now Trenton.
God help the people of these cities, because help will never get to them in time.
On Friday, 108 of the department’s 330-some officers will be left jobless and 29 supervisors will be demoted.
“Officers will be turning in their equipment,” Trenton PD spokesperson Tom McDonough (who is also being demoted) tells The Trentonian.
Just last month, 41 people were arrested in a single weekend following a spike in violent crimes. Trenton residents have been advised not to expect the same – if any – response to lower-level calls.
A third of the department. Jesus. My advice to the good people of Trenton is the same advice I gave to the people in Camden and Newark: arm yourselves. The remaining officers will be exhausted and overworked, and there will not be enough of them to keep the streets – and your families – safe.