Dozens of Atlantic Cops turned in their badges Thursday as new layoffs in the casino town became official.
The city fired 40 officers -- on top of the 20 who already lost their jobs earlier this year. Thirty firefighters were also taken off the street.
The layoffs were the result of A.C.’s $10- to15-million budget deficit. Officials insisted layoffs are their only choice to close some of the gap.
The deputy police chief says the city, union and he all share responsibility.
County Prosecutor Ted Housel’s office is trying to help out by moving some of his detectives into the city.
“We have offered and they have accepted our assistance and we are devoting a significant percentage of our manpower to the tasks at hand with both short and long term goals,” Prosecutor Housel said. ”We are deeply concerned with the layoffs and the impact it may have on investigation in Atlantic City”.
The detectives will be a presence in A.C. on a regular basis starting Friday.
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