September 3, 2010
THE BAD news is that this year the city's murder rate is up. The good news is that Philadelphia police are trying a variety of new tactics to bring it back down. As reported Monday by our colleague David Gambacorta , the city won a major federal grant to try out new policing strategies. The Smart Policing Initiative doesn't rely on higher IQs but on intelligent deployment aimed at putting cops in close touch with the communities they serve. Besides actual feet on the street, the effort will include plainclothes surveillance and reinforcements from other city agencies addressing underlying issues like vacant properties or nuisance bars that contribute to lawlessness.
June 25, 2010 |
When Philadelphia police officers have questions about the nuts and bolts of the department, be it evidence storage, fingerprinting, or employee-assistance programs, there's a good chance Chief Inspector Robert Davis knows the answer. Davis, who heads the department's Support Services bureau, has over the last decade become an expert on the finer details of what it takes to keep the 6,600-plus members of the Philadelphia police force up and running. Davis, who retires Friday after 42 years on the job, still isn't quite sure how he became the behind-the-scenes details man in recent years.
February 10, 2012
THIS IS in response to a letter written by Donna Di Giacomo: I don't write many letters to the editor but find, as a citizen of this great city, that I must. I take exception to calling the Philadelphia Police Department the "Philadelphia Thug Department," as your letter appears to state. I don't believe that the police went to assault anyone, but went to enforce a legal order. I believe that the city and the police gave the Occupy movement great leeway. And they are not thugs.
July 16, 2000
Maximum penalties The brutal videotaped beating, kicking, pummeling, striking and punching - reminiscent of Rodney King - of an unarmed and wounded black man named Thomas Jones by about 12 Philadelphia police officers is inexcusable and must result in maximum criminal penalties by state and federal law-enforcement authorities. In addition, the wanton blasting of about 50 shots from several high-powered police firearms in a residential neighborhood at noon, with slugs tearing into cars and houses and ricocheting into the air, is even more inexcusable and must also result in maximum penalties.
April 21, 1996 |
From 1990 to 1995, the Philadelphia Police Department fired 82 officers it found had committed robbery, rape, extortion, drug trafficking and other offenses. One was convicted of murder. But almost until the moment it fired them, the department gave those officers top performance ratings - including the murderer. Gene Lomazoff, a sergeant in the 35th Police District in Olney, was convicted of pulling over motorists for traffic infractions, then shaking them down for cash between November 1990 and June 1993.
September 15, 2016 |
Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who headed police response to the papal visit and the Democratic National Convention, was honored Tuesday for his 33 years in the Philadelphia Police Department. Sullivan was one of three recipients of the Richardson Dilworth Awards, which recognize full-time, executive-branch employees. Sullivan's Distinguished Public Service honor comes with a $5,000 stipend from Dilworth Paxson LLP and Independence Blue Cross. An additional award for Innovation in Government was given to Laura Cassidy, sustainability manager for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons; an award for customer service went to Joanne Dahme, general manager for public affairs at the Philadelphia Water Department.
December 20, 1994 |
A Philadelphia man was charged yesterday with murdering his girlfriend's 2 1/2-year-old son. The boy, Robert Hicks, son of a Camden police officer, died Saturday afternoon of blunt-force trauma to the body, suffering bruises to his head, numerous internal injuries, including damage to his liver, and a broken arm, police sources said yesterday. "You would really have to punch a child hard to lacerate his liver," said Sgt. Paul Musi of the Philadelphia Police Department's homicide division.
April 30, 2015 |
In Philadelphia, police call it a "nickel ride. " In Chicago, police call it a "joyride. " In Baltimore, investigators are exploring whether Freddie Gray may have been fatally injured - his spine nearly severed - when he was subjected to what police there call a "rough ride. " Whatever the name, the practice of throwing prisoners into the back of police wagons, unbelted, and then subjecting them to high-speed stops and starts is an aptly named form of street justice that has been secretly administered for many years in many cities.
July 4, 2016 |
When the Democratic National Convention comes to town this month - bringing tens of thousands of protesters with it - Sgt. Eric Gripp likely will be somewhere in the throng, equipped with two cellphones, four batteries, and a very influential Twitter account. The voice of the Philadelphia Police Department's social-media presence is best known, by day, for his meme-filled posts on the department's Facebook and Twitter pages. But Gripp, 35, also has been an enduring presence at some of the biggest protests the city has seen in recent years, including last year's Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and he's well aware that what he tweets goes a long way. "You're not just the voice of yourself," he said.