Ramsey shakes up Police Department

Posted: November 11, 2012

MAYOR NUTTER and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced Friday a series of changes that officials say will help streamline the Police Department, making it stronger, more efficient, accountable and flexible.

"The reorganization will continue to improve our efforts, give us a more streamlined command system, more accountability and greater coordination among units within departments and more consistent delivery among police services across the city," Ramsey said.

There will be 36 command changes, and some units will be consolidated. Ramsey said that he is replacing only one of four retiring deputy commissioners.

There were 114 promotions, according to police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.

Ramsey will take direct command of the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Office of Standards and Accountability and Forensic Sciences Bureau.

Denise Turpin, a 31-year veteran who has worked two years as a staff inspector in Internal Affairs, will become deputy commissioner for the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Meanwhile, the inspectors will change in five of the six patrol divisions, and seven of the 21 police districts will get new captains.

"It gives some new opportunities to some great commanders," said John McNesby, of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5. "There'll be some new thinking in the department, so it will be a good thing."

Some of the changes include high-ranking cops that the Daily News has written about, including former Internal Affairs Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates. He will be a court liaison. Capt. John McCloskey, of the 35th District, who was suspended for his role in an alleged coverup of an arrest, will also be a court liaison.

Inspector Carl Holmes, who was recently promoted and is being investigated by Internal Affairs for inappropriate behavior with a subordinate, will be transferred from Narcotics to Climate and Safety, which oversees school district police.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers was made captain of the criminal-intelligence unit. Evers claimed this summer that he had been attacked at a New Jersey bar, but employees, a local detective and surveillance footage told a different tale.

Contact Jan Ransom at ransomj@phillynews.com or 215-854-5218. Follow her on Twitter @Jan_Ransom.

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