HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Talk about Southern hospitality: Police in DeKalb County, Georgia, on Wednesday urged recently laid-off officers from Bergen County to come work with them.
"We are currently hiring police officers and would like to extend invitations to the officers giving them an opportunity to apply with us," Lt. Ariel Toledo told Daily Voice.
"We have great benefits, such as take home cars and a 4/3 work week (work four days, off three) and more," Toledo said. "We would love to talk to them."
The DeKalb County Police Department is located in the Metro Atlanta area, in Tucker, GA.
Twenty-six law enforcement officers with the Bergen County Bureau of Police Services were laid off on Jan. 26, while 11 more were demoted. Of the total, 19 are veterans.
Leaders of Bergen County Police Officers PBA Local 49 said Sheriff Michael Saudino targeted them for "political retribution” and was “engaging in union busting” after county officials agreed to reduce staff only through attrition
Saudino said the move was made because of new state mandates requiring him to provide 35 additional sheriff’s officers, not county police officers, in all civil courtrooms to go with those who'd already been in the criminal courts.
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