BY ALEX DAVIS
Across New Jersey, state police protection will be drastically scaled back by more than 600 officers July 1.
The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association released Tuesday a survey revealing that communities cannot foot the bill in order to keep officers, The Star-Ledger reported.
Of 315 municipalities the union canvassed, more than half forecast laying off workers, the Daily Record reported. That means it is likely 617 officers will be receiving the pink slip, if they have not already.It comes down to police departments finding ways to meet Gov. Chris Christie's budget demands, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
And none of the 21 counties can escape having officers being laid off. The following layoffs could be in the state-police crystal ball: Franklin Township, Somerset County, eight officers; Mansfield Township, Burlington County, four; and Passaic, Passaic County, 18, The Star-Ledger reported.
"We all realize that we are facing challenging economic times and that municipalities must make difficult decisions," said Anthony F. Wieners, state PBA president, in a press statement. "However, the breadth and depth of the layoffs our front-line officers are facing is shocking, and the impact these layoffs may have on local public safety is very troubling."
Layoffs are not anything new, though. Since January, 67 officers have lost their jobs, APP.com reported.
Results of the second-consecutive-year survey also showed a more than 30-percent increase in layoffs as compared to last year's, the APP reported. The survey was conducted at the end of May, that website said.
The NJ PBA represents police in 423 communities.