August 10, 2016 |
One week after an alarming report about Chester's finances was presented to the public, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and his top finance official said Monday that the town would not be laying off members of the Police or Fire Departments - for now, at least. Kirkland's assurances, made during an interview at Chester City Hall on Monday, came after a team of state-appointed consultants called for "extreme measures" to close the city's $16.3 million deficit. Among its most controversial recommendations, the report, prepared by Philadelphia economic consulting firm Econsult Solutions, called for reducing police and fire staffs, including closing one of the city's two fire stations.
August 1, 2016
Liz Dow is CEO of Leadership Philadelphia It's a late afternoon on a warm spring day. I stand watching passersby on a crowded downtown street. As I take in the normal ebb and flow of activity, in my left peripheral vision I notice a man slowly opening a door in a curious crouching position. He continues to crouch as he emerges, with one hand behind him. I yell, "Stop!" He keeps moving. I yell it again, much louder, but still he does not. My adrenaline surges as his arm moves.
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA POLICE Recruit harder for educated candidates Former Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey was headed in a positive direction when he required more-educated, less-violence-prone Philadelphia officers. Now, because a 60-college-credit (or two years in the military) requirement poses a recruitment challenge, new Commissioner Richard Ross sadly wants to ditch it ("Police recruiting woes may end college credit requirement," Tuesday). What's needed is more-aggressive recruiting, including of recruits of color, not backsliding on standards that are important to the public's interests.
April 19, 2016 |
Patrolling the streets of her hometown has benefits for CaBria Davis. Sometimes the 31-year-old police officer runs into childhood friends who are living or working in Camden. She is often struck by the changes that have come to the city's neighborhoods. Occasionally, in moments that always catch her off guard, she crosses paths with someone who knew her father. "I never knew him - only from pictures," said Davis, who was 9 when her father was murdered. "So it's nice, sometimes, to hear someone tell me they remember him. " Davis, who grew up in South Camden with her mother and younger brother, became a member of the Camden County Metro police force a little more than two years ago. Her mother no longer lives in the city, and with no departmental residency requirement in place, Davis doesn't have to live in Camden.
March 6, 2016 |
Fifteen new graduates of the Philadelphia Police Academy were sworn in as officers on Friday, the smallest graduating class in recent memory, officials said. Although enrollment in the academy has been declining for years, Police Commissioner Richard Ross and police spokesman Lt. John Stanford each said he could not remember a class with fewer members. In years past, graduating classes regularly topped 100 members. Stanford said police departments across the country have been experiencing challenges in recruiting in recent years.
March 4, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney said Wednesay that he will seek funding for 800 police body cameras and the equipment needed to manage the cameras. In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Kenney spilled the beans on some budget initiatives he plans to announce during his budget address to Council on Thursday. The 800 cameras and equipment will be paid for through the city budget and some grant money. A total budget amount was not immediately available. "This is an important step forward in Philadelphia's police-community relations," Kenney said.
November 26, 2015 |
Kenneth R. Rocks Sr., 65, an Army paratrooper and Philadelphia city patrolman who rose to become a vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, died Saturday, Nov. 21, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. A longtime Philadelphian, he had retired to Lewes, Del., in 2010. "The world lost a great man yesterday," a niece, Claire Rocks, wrote on Facebook. "Protect and serve: It was not just a job, it was a way of being. This wasn't just for his family but also for the rest of the country, as he served in the Vietnam War, and as a Philadelphia police officer and FOP leader.
September 14, 2015 |
ONE OF MANNY Folly's earliest recollections of Kip Street in North Philly, where he grew up, is peering out of his house with the weathered, brown door at a teenager he knew who had just been shot lying in the middle of the street. Seconds later, a car ran over the kid. At the end of the street is a church, and on the steps of that church sit the drug dealers during the day - just as they did back then. Returning recently to Kip Street, Folly's eyes narrow like a hovering hawk as he glares down the small stretch of pocked asphalt devoid of hope - where, in a good year, only two or three homicides occur.
August 5, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Chester County to be Pennsylvania's next police commissioner. Tyree C. Blocker, whose assignments included director of the state police's bureau of drug law enforcement, is Wolf's second choice for the job, following his controversial and politically costly nomination of Marcus Brown. Brown, a former head of the Maryland State Police, withdrew his name from consideration in mid-June after Wolf failed to get enough support among Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg.
July 14, 2015 |
KELVIN NANCE thought he'd be the ideal Philadelphia police officer. After all, his parents are officers in the department. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kutztown University, whereas the department merely requires applicants to have 60 college-credit hours. And although applicants must pass a basic physical-fitness test, Nance is fit enough to have won this year's Pennsylvania Golden Gloves boxing tournament in the 165-pound novice class division. But Nance, 25, was rejected for entrance into the Police Academy in September after completing the yearlong application process.