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.
March 23, 1998 |
Retired Voorhees Township Police Chief Earl Odd has 33 years of law-enforcement experience and a strong commitment to multicultural understanding. "Everyone should be treated equally, regardless of their race," Odd said. Odd is the chairman of the Multi-Cultural Commission, a South Jersey organization for law-enforcement officers. He was the special honoree and received a medal yesterday for advocating this philosophy throughout his career. Odd was responsible for expanding diversity training at his police department.
October 22, 1998 |
A 26-member coalition, including law-enforcement officials and educators, was appointed yesterday by the Bucks County commissioners to oversee efforts to crack down on truancy and juvenile crime in the lower part of the county. Using a pending federal grant to fund its efforts, the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition will arrange law-enforcement tactics and other measures to deal with truancy, organizers said. The group also will draft a daytime curfew ordinance, to be approved in each participating municipality, to support police efforts to return students to school.
August 1, 2007 |
New Jersey's system for supervising potentially dangerous offenders is fragmented. The rise in gang violence and the increasing number of inmates on probation have created a dysfunctional probation system that needs to be transformed. One way to do that would be by transferring probation services from the state's judiciary division to the executive branch, thereby giving law enforcement officials greater oversight of safety protocols and procedures affecting probation officers and probationers.
September 18, 2003 |
Gov. McGreevey has been busy lately contacting leaders of law enforcement unions and asking them to support Democratic state Senate candidate Fred Madden. It should have been an easy sell. Madden was a career state trooper, after all. And the governor, well, he's the governor, personally asking for a favor. But the governor has struck out so far. Members of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association say the union intends to back Republican incumbent George F. Geist.
April 22, 1994 |
Montgomery County congressional hopeful Jon D. Fox, who has been accused by rival Ellen Harley of being soft on drug dealers, won endorsements yesterday from an array of law enforcement officials, including the president of the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Harley's home, Lower Merion. At a news conference, Lower Merion FOP President Peter Herzog, Montgomery County Sheriff Frank P. Lally, retired Lower Providence Police Chief Thomas P. Rogers and Michael Kirkpatrick, past president of Norristown FOP Lodge 31, said Fox had been a friend of law enforcement as a county commissioner, state legislator and assistant district attorney.
August 29, 2007
James Tierney is a lecturer in law and the director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School. He served as the attorney general of Maine from 1980-1990 and is a consultant to attorneys general and others regarding state regulatory structures and multistate initiatives. He spoke to The Inquirer about the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who on Monday announced his intention to resign Sept. 17. The Inquirer: You have said that Gonzales' time in office has been very disruptive to state law enforcement officials and that the lack of trust has complicated numerous cases, both civil and criminal.
May 16, 1999 |
The Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philadelphia Highway Patrol, the Camden County Sheriff's Department and seven other agencies converged on the township's 14 schools last week. But they didn't come in response to a bomb threat or a drug problem. They came to put a human face on the members of their profession who often have a tough-guy image. "Many times you go to a mall and hear a mother having a problem with her child and she says, 'I'm going to have that officer come and arrest you,' " said Sally Ashton, the district coordinator of Police Appreciation Week.