July 14, 1989 |
The city's Police Department is bringing its shields, helmets and psychology textbooks out of storage for a new training program that teaches supervisors how to control crowds and prevent major civil disturbances. Although riots have rarely posed a problem in Philadelphia since the hot summers of the 1960s, police officials believe that the crowd-control skills developed then need to be passed along to a new generation of officers. The effort was prompted largely by mistakes New York City police acknowledge making last year in handling a disturbance that grew violent.
January 14, 1986 |
Despite the request of more than 100 students and parents that a pay increase be given to the district's crowd-control employees, the Willingboro Board of Education last night voted 5-4 to forgo the increase and instead find people who would consent to work for the current fee. After the decision, board members recessed and engaged in a heated debate with members of the district's student council. The students expressed concern that athletic teams from other districts would be unwilling to play in Willingboro without the proper security.
March 2, 1986 |
The Willingboro school board once again will try to resolve the controversy surrounding crowd control at school sporting events when the board considers the validity of a personnel survey on the issue at its meeting tomorrow night. The survey, designed and distributed by board member Elmer F. Corda, has been criticized by some board members, who said it was biased and circulated to crowd-control workers without board approval. In late January, the board formed an investigative committee, headed by Corda, to gather data on 146 workers listed as available to supervise home sports events.
September 15, 1988 |
Two Folcroft police officers will be named to a Delaware County task force whose members will be especially trained in handling civil disobedience and crowd control. At Monday night's meeting, the Borough Council voted 6-0, with one member absent, to send two of the borough's nine officers to a course coordinated by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and the Delaware County Police Chief's Association. The officers have not yet been selected. Councilman William O'Brien, chairman of the police committee, said the decision by the DA's office and the police chiefs' association to establish the task force stemmed from a demonstration in May by the Klu Klux Klan in Parkside in which one police officer was injured and five people were arrested.
September 9, 1986 |
The Willingboro school board last night voted 7-2 to deny a $3,864 out-of- court settlement with school principals who were asked to work in "crowd control" at sporting events last winter. Solicitor John T. Barbour said the principals were seeking an average of $25 an hour for the time served at sporting events. "The figure is roughly what they make as administrators," he said. In a heated debate last night, board member William Whitehurst argued that approving the settlement would undermine the board's authority.
January 7, 1986 |
With crowd-control workers demanding pay increases, the Willingboro Board of Education last night directed the superintendent to provide a contingency plan if the workers continue to refuse to staff athletic events. Superintendent Peter J. Romanoli requested that the board reconsider and offer a token salary increase to the 120 staff members and community residents who work crowd control at athletic events. However, board members declined to consider the request. Some board members also said that they were unsure that all 120 people had been contacted to work.
November 26, 1986 |
The Willingboro school board has closed the books on its nine-month-old legal battle with 10 district principals, voting 5-2 Monday night to approve a settlement that gives principals who worked crowd control at sporting events last winter $3,864 in pay. Principals were ordered to work crowd control when part-time employees refused to carry out their duties without a pay increase. The regular workers requested a pay increase from $12.50 to $22.50 per game. In what they said was a cost-conscious measure, board members denied the salary request of the workers in January.
December 11, 2011 |
They started at 10 a.m. Saturday, hitting the bars along South Street, in Old City, and elsewhere, looking for a bracer against the cold and wind on what promised to be a very long and party-filled day. By 3:30 p.m., however, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Santas, scantily clad elves, a few Waldos, and at least two snowmen - one abominable, the other more benign but wearing a hat with the word Guinness on it - had taken up positions in...
March 26, 2011 |
In the chilly morning air Friday at a Bucks County farm, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey introduced the first five horses of his department's reinstated mounted police unit: Johnny, Pat, Stephen, Santiago, and Tiny Tim. The steeds are named in tribute to five officers who died in the line of duty in 2008 and 2009 - Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Officer Isabel [Santiago] Nazario, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, Sgt. Timothy Simpson, and Officer John Pawlowski. "In getting the first few horses, it struck me that if the families would agree to it that it would be something to once again honor the service of their loved ones," Ramsey said, noting that the five officers had died during his tenure.
March 19, 1992 |
There will not be a repeat performance of the mass jump by hundreds of paratroopers into Valley Forge National Historical Park this year. And the jumpers are not pleased. "We have never been denied," said Joseph DeBartolo of Princeton, coordinator of the Army's 82d Airborne Division convention that is planned for Valley Forge in August. "This will be the first time the Air Force is grounded. We've never lost a battle," said DeBartolo, who belonged to the 82d Airborne during the Korean War. Though his request for the jump by 500 paratroopers into the park was denied in the fall, DeBartolo is making another pitch to gain the permission of Park Superintendent Warren D. Beach.