NEWARK — Newark may be slashing its police budget, but cities around the country are recruiting cops from the pool of more than 160 city officers laid off in November.
So far seven departments from New Jersey and beyond have hired, or showed an interest in hiring, the scores of young officers who were let go by the city last year.
Today, recruiters from the Atlanta Police Department administered tests to more than a dozen officers at Lodge 12 of the Fraternal Order of Police, the police union that is spearheading the recruitment program and hosting the departments.
"We all live in the same country, but we can't help guys here and other departments are chomping at the bit," said James Stewart, vice president of the FOP. "This is just a way to give our guys jobs."
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has repeatedly said that cities around the country are trimming police budgets, but in Atlanta the police business is booming, according to Sgt. Shad Hutchins, who was running the recruitment operation in Newark today.Cory Booker is wrong about something? I'm just shocked.
Oh, but don't worry - I'm sure this couldn't possibly happen with teachers...