June 30, 1997 |
Rudolph "Rudy" Merritt Jr., a law enforcement officer for more than three decades, died Friday after a long illness. He was 54 and lived in Mount Airy. Merritt, who received 37 commendations and awards during his 31-year career, joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966 after a tour in the Army. He served in the anti-crime unit, Highway Patrol, the Third District and the Special Task ForSce. He retired from the department in 1985 to join the district attorney's office as a detective.
November 24, 1993 |
Paul F. Taylor Sr., 54, a U.S. marshal and former Philadelphia police officer, died Monday at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Taylor was a resident of Northeast Philadelphia for 29 years and had recently moved to Wilmington, Del. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in the late 1950s, he joined the Army and was honorably discharged 18 months later. Mr. Taylor began his law enforcement career in 1963 with the Philadelphia Police Department and became a detective in the narcotics division.
October 21, 2003 |
Amid the ongoing federal probe into possible corruption in the Street administration, thousands of the nation's top law-enforcement officials are descending on Philadelphia, beginning today, for three separate conferences. At the Convention Center, 15,000 municipal and state police chiefs are gathering for their annual convention, which runs today through Saturday. Mayor Street and Gov. Rendell are scheduled to address the group this afternoon. On Friday, the police chiefs are expected to hear from Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose offices unleashed the investigation that involves city contracting.
August 27, 2004
Law enforcement doesn't get fancy or convoluted when describing its mission. Its officers will uniformly say that their job is "to get the bad guys. " This week, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office took a giant step in pursuit of that mission - without hiring another deputy or buying any high-priced gadgets. Instead, Sheriff John P. Durante is using the Internet to go after scofflaws. Go to www.montcopa.org/sheriff and you will see the names of about 760 people wanted for failing to pay child support and about 4,700 wanted on bench warrants for everything from skipping out on trials to not paying fines to violating parole or probation.
January 8, 2011 |
Philadelphia Police Officer Thomas Fiorino was on a bank-robbery detail at a busy Commerce Bank office in Center City on the day Rodney Blackman walked in, drew a gun, and demanded money from a teller. Blackman, a suspect in seven armed robberies at Center City banks, had eluded all attempts by law enforcement to find or even identify him. But on that day, all Fiorino knew was that he had to stop Blackman - so he pulled his gun, ordered Blackman to surrender, and made the February 2008 arrest before a shot was fired.
September 18, 2014 |
In response to the police shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., about 100 people gathered Tuesday night in Norristown for a public forum on race, law enforcement, and community relations. The discussion, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Montgomery County chapter, spanned a wide range of topics, from arrest and incarceration to education, ingrained social systems, and economics. The moderator, community activist Buck Jones, read a list of more than a dozen names - all young black men, unarmed, killed by police in recent years across the country.
August 2, 2011 |
I fell in love with Center City the first time I walked up Walnut Street. Arriving in Philadelphia from Syracuse, N.Y., where the drab downtown emptied out after 5, I eagerly embraced my new city's cosmopolitan vitality. Three decades later, I still do. But lately when I hop on the Speed Line at Westmont and head downtown, an unwelcome guest comes along for the ride. Fear. This feels like a confession of uncoolness, or an admission I've become comfortably suburban or, worse, hopelessly middle-age.
June 2, 2012 |
Before sunrise, police tightened their bulletproof vests to their chests as they spread through Camden to take down two violent heroin-dealing gangs. For some officers, the raid Wednesday morning was the start of a grueling day and a half that found them struggling to keep up during a crime spree that claimed the lives of three people and left five others in the city wounded. "We're under siege," said Lt. Frank Falco of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, who was among 250 state and local law enforcement officers involved in Wednesday morning's arrests.
September 19, 2006 |
A number of important issues face our state lawmakers as they return to Harrisburg following the summer recess. One is a proposal that would give nearly 2,500 deputy sheriffs with extensive law enforcement training the authority to fully participate in protecting our communities from crime and drugs. This February, a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court created much confusion over what types of law enforcement activities can be performed by deputy sheriffs. The court ruled that, under current Pennsylvania statute, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs were not "investigative or law enforcement officers.