Ramsey stays, as do challenges

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, announces he will stay on as commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, announces he will stay on as commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer) (Ellen Dunkel)
Posted: April 06, 2011

Now that Commissioner Charles Ramsey has made it official - he's staying in Philly, in case you haven't heard - here's a reminder of some of he challenges that he'll still have to contend with:

* As of Sunday, the city's murder tally was 21 percent higher than it was at this point last year. And the typically violent summer season is looming on the horizon.

* The police department's ongoing corruption woes have led to the arrests of more than a dozen cops in the last year, and Ramsey has often said that he expects more cringe-worthy cases to come to light this year.

* The commish's foot patrol-heavy crime-fighting strategy has been strained by the cancellation of two Police Academy classes in the last year due to budget woes. City leaders have said they hope to be able hire a new class of recruits in July.

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