March 23, 2014 |
WASHINGTON TWP. Photos of the pups are scattered about the Washington Township Police Department headquarters - with names like Goldy and Rex. In Gloucester County's most populous municipality, K9s have become a community staple since the division was formally established in 2006, following prior stints. One of the department's five K9s, Rex, trained in explosives, helped secure the Super Bowl in East Rutherford. Last month, Aron helped nab a jewelry burglar in the township. But with no appropriated tax dollars in the department's $8 million budget, the division has continued to rely on grants and donations to stay afloat.
March 8, 2014 |
WENONAH After only a year in the job, Wenonah Police Chief Joseph Harrison has been fired, officials confirmed Thursday. It was not entirely clear what led to the termination, which they said was approved unanimously Feb. 27 by the borough council during a closed-door session. Officials announced in early January that Harrison would be placed on a leave of absence, "attending a variety of classes so as to become intimately familiar with New Jersey specific statutes and judicial procedure.
January 18, 2014 |
For every homicide in Philadelphia - every street-corner shooting, every robbery gone wrong - there is a file folder full of evidence at Police Headquarters. For the murder of Officer Frederick Cione, there are 24 folders. Cione's shooting is the department's only unsolved police homicide and one of the city's most enduring criminal mysteries. And as the 44th anniversary of his death draws near, Philadelphia police are offering a combined $40,000 from the department, the police union, and the National Police Defense Foundation for any information leading to Cione's killer.
January 9, 2014 |
Francis P. "Frank" Friel, 71, of Bensalem, a decorated police investigator whose organized crime unit, in collaboration with the FBI, effectively ended a spate of mob killings in the 1980s, died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Medical Center. Mr. Friel's storied career began in 1960, at a time when the city's police force hired teenagers fresh out of high school as helpers. By age 20, he had trained at the Police Academy, received a gun, and become a full-fledged patrolman.
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.
August 17, 2013 |
In a show of support for wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies, dozens of police - mostly from Davies' 25th District - rolled up their sleeves during a blood drive Thursday afternoon in the Hunting Park section. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey praised the off-duty officers who lined up to help a wounded colleague. "This is a tremendous turnout," the commissioner said as patrolmen and supervisors alike streamed into the administrative services building at Temple University to wait their turn.
August 16, 2013 |
ANOTHER DAY, another grueling step on the road to recovery. Edward Davies, the Philadelphia police officer who lost a kidney after being shot in the abdomen in Feltonville earlier this week, underwent another round of surgery at Temple University Hospital yesterday. "This is the third surgery, with more to come after that," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "But every day that goes by, he's getting better. So that's the good news. " Davies, 41, was shot Tuesday afternoon during a violent struggle with Eric Torres inside Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, shortly after Torres fled from a traffic stop.
August 1, 2013 |
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT hit his 30s and decided to become a cop. So the burly Main Line resident graduated from the Police Academy and landed a part-time job at the Darby Township Police Department about a year ago. At some point though, Delaware County authorities allege, the badge and gun went to the married man's head, and he morphed into a predator. Yesterday, Scott, 34, of Berwyn, was busted for allegedly taking two 23-year-old women to a Springfield, Delaware County, park on separate nights last weekend and trying to talk them into sex in exchange for their freedom.
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.
June 21, 2013
WHO IS RICHARD DeCoatsworth? Is he the hero cop who took a bullet for you or the junkie with the hair-trigger temper who beats up innocent civilians? Is he the polite, deferential man of the public interviews, or the pill-popping, gun-waving rapist? How dangerous is he and how did he get that way? Were red flags waving during his career that his supervisors didn't see or chose to ignore? I've talked with the 27-year-old DeCoatsworth on several occasions, including an informal meeting in a coffee shop near his Port Richmond home, and a long, formal interview in the lobby bar of the Sheraton, formerly the Franklin Plaza.