Camden tightens requirement for police, fire

July 29, 2009 6:34:21 AM PDT
Council members want to make sure only longtime residents of one of the nation's most dangerous cities join the police and fire departments. Camden's city council voted Tuesday to require applicants to live in the city for three years before they take the civil service exam. Currently, the residency requirement is one year.

City council members say it's important to preserve jobs for city residents.

The law could still be vetoed by state-appointed chief operating officer Theodore Davis. Earlier this year, Davis proposed eliminating residency requirements.

The majority of the city's firefighters and police officers move out of Camden after they join the force.

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