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Nation's most dangerous small city rehires police

Camden, New Jersey, the nation's most crime-ridden small city, on Friday welcomed back 55 police officers and 31 firefighters laid off in January because of lack of funding. Full story

New Jersey firefighter speaks out

   Al Ashley, President of the Fire Officer's Union in Camden, New Jersey, spoke with Ed about the misleading letter Gov. Chris Christie sent to both law enforcement officers and fire fighters promising to protect their pension benefits.

Crime-hit city wrestles with drastic police cuts

   Crippled by poverty, crime and an overwhelming budget deficit, Camden, N.J., faces some harsh realities. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

Slate: What happens to Camden after police cuts?

Camden, N.J.'s decision to lay off 168 police officers during a budget crisis may be the most drastic example of police cutbacks in recent memory. But it likely won't be the last. Full story

Struggling N.J. city lays off cops, firefighters

The mayor of crime-ridden Camden, N.J., said 168 police officers, 67 firefighters and about 100 other city employees were laid off Tuesday due to a budget deficit and declining state aid. Full story

St. Louis ranked as most dangerous U.S. city

ST. LOUIS (Reuters Life!) - St. Louis has replaced Camden, New Jersey as the most dangerous U.S. city, according to a study based on FBI crime data and released Monday. Full story

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