June 8, 2015 |
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act. Even as Congress scales back the law, Christie has been arguing forcefully for the tools given to law enforcement and intelligence agencies after 9/11 as crucial to prosecuting terrorists. Yet the importance of the Patriot Act in Christie's tenure as a prosecutor is less clear than he asserts.
June 5, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday cleared a key hurdle on the path to confirmation, but his future remains in question. Skeptical Republican legislators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee grilled acting Commissioner Marcus Brown about everything from the death penalty and tax breaks to why he chose not to wear a police uniform to the hearing. When it ended, the committee chose not to endorse Brown but forwarded his nomination to the full Senate for a vote next week.
June 4, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Investments pay off sooner, and later I was happy to see Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials make the anticrime case for quality, early-childhood education ("Wolf: Invest in preschool, not prison," May 27). Members of the business community see another critical benefit: strengthening our economy and workforce. Research highlighted by the national business-leader group ReadyNation shows that investing in these programs yields up to $26,000 in net long-term economic benefits for every child served.
May 27, 2015
LYING TO GET sex has been going on since Adam ate the proverbial apple. It will never stop. But wouldn't it be great if there was somewhere that a burned lover could turn to if she discovered that the man who told her he was childless not only had a 10-year-old, but also a pregnant side jawn? Or if the person they're sleeping with showed them photos of a beautiful home he claimed to own but in reality was living in his parents' basement? In other words, wouldn't it be great if a woman duped into having sex could have the jerk arrested?
April 27, 2015 |
Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson boasted of his department's achievements in curtailing crime and repairing its relationship with the community at a Harvard University summit hours after a standout high school football player was gunned down and became Camden's eighth and youngest homicide victim this year. "This is a watershed moment for law enforcement organizations," Thomson told a Cambridge, Mass., audience just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. He was alluding to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo.; South Carolina, and elsewhere.
April 22, 2015 |
WHEN IT COMES to brainstorming sessions on building stronger bonds between law-enforcement officials and the communities they serve, one vital group seems to be missing: Young people. "Any police official will tell you these discussions are dominated by older folks," Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said yesterday at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Center City after one such discussion. "Without them, we can't get to the core of the issues at hand, and it's clear why: They have the most contact with police.
April 5, 2015 |
Just months into his third term, State Rep. Joe Hackett (R., Delaware) is resigning, effective April 30. The announcement was made late Thursday. Hackett - who before holding the seat had a 26-year career in law enforcement - said he is exploring plans to return to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office criminal division, according to the statement. "Coming from a family of blue bloods - my grandfather, wife, father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and three nephews - I've realized law enforcement is not just a career.
March 26, 2015 |
William G. Hamilton was a member of the Fairmount Park Guards when the FBI National Academy invited him to its three-month course at Quantico, Va. About 220 officers, including those from "international law enforcement agencies," attend the courses, the Academy website states. And, said Mr. Hamilton's son, William J., "less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the U.S. have the distinction of being graduates," as he was. There was another advantage. "He missed the 1964 Phillies' collapse," his son said.
March 22, 2015 |
The Camden County freeholders on Thursday approved a $66,800 raise for Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson, bringing his annual salary to $230,000. Thomson's new contract guarantees that he will stay in Camden until at least 2019, county spokesman Dan Keashen said Friday. "This is about retaining one of the sharpest law enforcement minds in the country," Keashen said. No county funds are used for the operation of the Camden County Police Department, which is paid for by Camden City and the state.
March 21, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police has stepped into yet another controversy. Acting State Police Chief Marcus Brown was captured on video removing signs that criticized him from the side of a public roadway. Brown has faced scrutiny in recent weeks for choosing to wear the Pennsylvania State Police uniform despite not having attended the state's Police Academy. The two signs were critical of that decision, reading, "Marcus Brown didn't earn it!"