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Police Union Warns Visitors Atlantic City Unsafe



    Police Union Warns Visitors Atlantic City Unsafe
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    Atlantic City, UNITED STATES: The Atlantic City, New Jersey skyline, including the Trump Plaza, Bally's and Caeser's Atlantic City, are shown over Farley State Marina, 24 May 2007. Gambling has been legal in Atlantic City, one of the few such cities in the United States, since the first casino opened in 1978. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Visitors to Atlantic City will find a billboard warning them the seashore gaming resort isn't safe.

    The billboard is the work of the Policeman's Benevolent Association, whose members are facing layoffs as the city tightens its budget.

    The billboard on Route 30 west reads: ``In AC, everyone wants to get lucky. With 73 less police officers, even the bad guys feel lucky. Save Atlantic City, save Atlantic City police officers.''

    State PBA president Anthony Wieners says the ad is a last resort.

    Mayor Lorenzo Langford's administration in June laid off 20 police officers and plans to cut an additional 40 officers in September. Thirteen retiring officers won't be replaced.

    The PBA says it will expand the billboard campaign throughout the state in the coming weeks.