Timoney, Philadelphia police commissioner from 1998 to 2001, has been hired to consult with Camden County, New Jersey’s Board of Freeholders on creation of a countywide police department that would absorb Camden’s police department, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. The county wants to have a plan for the county department by fall, with Camden as its first unit. Ideally, the county would like the remaining 36 municipalities to join.
Timoney believes a countywide police force, though denounced by police unions and many local chiefs, could work if the right model is built. “It’s not something that’s being rammed down people’s throat. It’s voluntary,” Timoney said. He is a senior vice president for the Andrews International consulting firm. “We’re going to come up with a good policing scheme.” John Williamson, president of Camden’s Fraternal Order of Police, said Timoney’s hiring was just a “political move.” He said Camden officers would be fired, then possibly rehired with lower wages and reduced benefits under a county plan.