While the job stability for many NJ cops has been rocky these past few months — Newark recently handed out pink slips to 167 officers — some southern U.S. cities are in hot pursuit of hiring our own home-grown uniformed police for their own expanding departments.
According to NJ.com, Nashville, Baltimore, Atlanta and Norfolk, Va. are among the cities actively recruiting in the Garden State after seeing media coverage on the police cuts here. Nashville’s police department plans to expand their roster by at least 100 officers within the year, and NJ’s finest are seen as highly desirable.
The feeling seems to be mutual. The Nashville recruiter returned to his department with a list of 50 police interested in making the move. While the pay is lower in these locales, cost of living is too. Nashville’s recruiter noted that there is no income tax or toll roads.
But not all laid-off NJ cops will have to go southern to stay employed, though — one Newark officer has been hired by neighboring Bloomfield. After all, as one proud Bloomfield resident once said, “in Jersey, we stay where we’re from.”
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