On or about August 25, 2011, the City of Camden, the County of Camden and the Governor’s office entered a Memorandum of Understanding in furtherance of the Camden County Police Department. According to that MOU, the City and County expressed a willingness to form a new county wide police department, which will be available to all municipalities on a voluntary basis. The City of Camden is the first municipality to express an interest in joining the County Police Department for the purpose of improving the quality of public safety and reducing the cost of providing law enforcement to the citizens.
To effectuate the creation of this Department, the County engaged the services of John Timoney, the premier nationally recognized expert on Public Safety issues. Former Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, Commissioner Timoney worked with the County and City public safety officials and experts to help write and create a plan for the City of Camden’s policing needs as part of the county wide force. Commissioner Timoney analyzed how the structure and organization of the countywide force should work, and this document is the draft organizational and functional plan.
The plan that follows takes the current model of reactive policing in Camden City to a new dimension by incorporating proactive policing. This new dynamic will still provide the necessary emergency services while engaging in proactive police measures with the goal of improving the quality of life for the community. This new approach is critical to the public safety for the residents and success for the City of Camden.
This plan is a partnership with the City, the County of Camden and the residents of the City of Camden. This partnership is the foundation of success for the future of this initiative.