July 24, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA is turning the corner on crime. The latest statistics show sharp decreases in almost every major offense, led by homicide, which is down 30 percent this year compared to the same period in 2012. It does not end there. The city has seen double-digit decreases in other major crimes, including robbery and auto theft, and smaller but significant declines in such crimes as aggravated assault and burglary. At the beginning of July, of the 14 types of major crimes that police track on a weekly basis, nine were at their lowest levels in the last five years.
April 6, 1987 |
"Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" has jokes about bodily (and birds') functions, a pompous guy whose pants rip and who gets a bullhorn Krazy-glued to his face, some excellent skateboarding, rock music, a joke about Mace deodorant, a guy (Michael Winslow) who can reproduce not only the sound effects but the out-of-synch sound track of a Bruce Lee film, a really fat guy, a really strong guy (Bubba Smith), a guy who talks really funny (Bobcat Goldthwait), a relatively normal guy (Steve Guttenberg)
May 25, 1989 |
A police officer from the bomb squad, dressed in a protective suit, removes five sticks of dyanmite that were found in the basement of a barber shop on Germantown Avenue near Pike Street yesterday. The dynamite, discovered by workers cleaning the basement, was taken to the Police Academy and exploded. There was no information from police on how the explosive got to the shop.
September 2, 1987 |
Unidentified chemicals found last month at an abandoned tannery at Germantown Avenue and American Street in Northern Liberties are removed under police escort early today. I-95 was briefly closed to traffic between Aramingo and Cottman avenues around 5 a.m. as two environmental services trucks carried the chemicals - considered potentially explosive - from the former Custom Leather Services tannery to the Police Academy in the Northeast for disposal.
March 7, 1987
I think the city should build a trash-to-steam plant between State Road and the Delaware River at Ashburner Street on ground where trash trucks are now parked. The steam could be used to heat the Police Academy, the prisons along State Road and the home for the aged (Riverview). It would be one way to get rid of the trash in the Northeast. Karl Schuble Philadelphia.
August 7, 2010
A Philadelphia police officer was in stable condition Friday after accidentally shooting herself in a hip. The officer, 61, was participating in a training exercise at the Police Academy in Holmesburg and discharged her weapon at the firing range about 12:40 p.m. The injury was not severe, police said. She was treated at Aria Health-Torresdale. - Sam Wood
December 15, 1995 |
Mayor Rendell will promote two chief inspectors today, marking the first time in department history that the police hierarchy has had five deputy police commissioners. In ceremonies scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Room 653 at City Hall, Rendell will name Richard Zappile, who commands the Operations South Bureau, a deputy commissioner in charge of the department's operations branch. Robert Mitchell, who heads the Special Patrol Bureau, will become deputy commissioner for support services, a new position.
December 1, 2010 |
A Philadelphia police officer dabbed her eyes and withstood the urge to break down yesterday while telling a jury of how her childhood was polluted by a city police officer who forced her to engage in sex acts for more than eight years. Tyrone Wiggins, 51, began the attacks when she was a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Benjamin Rush Middle School, the now-25-year-old officer testified. "He showed me a porno [video] in his living room," the woman said under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti, on the first day of Wiggins' rape trial.
December 4, 2013 |
THE ROOM WAS a rectangle of cinder block walls and dark carpet, interrupted every few feet by weight benches and bulky exercise equipment. The gunman, a lanky figure covered from head to toe in black, had the drop on two SWAT Unit cops who had chased him down a hallway, past two bodies, into this claustrophobic space. He hunched his shoulders and aimed his weapon, an M4 carbine rifle. "Down! Down!" a cop bellowed. Two shots rang out like claps of thunder. The gunman crumpled to the ground.
June 30, 2011 |
Lined up in a four-by-four block in matching T-shirt uniforms, 16 youngsters - perhaps future police officers - saluted. "Vipers!" they shouted, signifying their group name. When a leader told them, "At ease," they put their hands behind their backs, feet apart, in a parade rest position. Next they exclaimed, "We run this!" - hissing the S like their slithering team name. Following typical police commands - with a few added elements for fun - the group is participating in the weeklong Philadelphia Youth Police Camp, which teaches about different police units through hands-on activities.