Calling attention to local police layoffs, the state Police Benevolent Association (PBA) today unveiled a billboard located on Route 30 on the way into Atlantic City.
“This billboard is needed so that everyone knows what is going on here in Atlantic City,” said PBA President Anthony Wieners. “The Mayor has been told that public perception is that Atlantic City is not safe and yet he continues to layoff police officers while hiring dozens of other city employees. This billboard stands at the edge of the city so that the 4.1 million bus passengers and those who occupied the 5.1 million hotel rooms in 2009 know what is going on. Safety should be the top priority of this administration not political connected appointments.”
The billboard reads: “IN AC, EVERYONE WANT TO GET LUCKY – WITH 73 LESS POLICE OFFICERS – EVEN THE BAD GUYS FEEL LUCKY. SAVE ATLANTIC CITY, SAVE ATLANTIC CITY POLICE OFFICERS”
According to the PBA, Mayor Lorenzo Langford laid off 20 police officers in June. Another 40 are set for layoff in September, in addition to 13 retirements that have not been filled.