By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey town has decided against joining a county-run police force just a week after its accomplishments in another city were hailed by President Barack Obama.

Pennsauken officials decided Wednesday not to have the Camden County force take over patrols of the town of 36,000.

A study had said it could save the city $30 million over six years, partly because officers would be paid less.

The force launched two years ago and now patrols only the city of Camden. Appearing there last week, Obama said the city is “onto something” with the force’s approach to policing. The force has put more officers on the street there and crime rates have dropped.

But Pennsauken officers and some residents rallied against the new force taking over.

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