Mayor Dana Redd and Police Chief Scott Thomson noted that for the same price, Camden can have 400 county officers on staff. That is nearly a 50% increase in the number of officers for the same price.
Of course the unions are howling.
In these cases, the county typically hires most or all of the officers at lower wage and benefit levels, but the article only notes a very vague "some current Camden officers will get jobs on the new force."
Why Cities are Going Bankrupt: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/mikeshedlock/2012/08/10/camden_nj_fires_entire_police_force_why_cities_are_going_bankrupt/page/full/