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NEWS
July 24, 2013 | BY TOM FERRICK, AxisPhilly.org
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: View an interactive timeline looking back at the troubled career of former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. IN 2008, AFTER the sentencing of a man who shot him in the face, Richard DeCoatsworth, who was then a Philly cop, said: "That young man's life is over now. He's going to have to find some way to get used to his new home. I'm sure the guys up there [in state prison] can't wait to meet him. " But this weekend, it was DeCoatsworth who found a new home behind bars, after he was charged with 32 crimes - including promoting prostitution, human trafficking and rape - for two cases involving alleged heinous acts against women.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MIKE CHITWOOD was a rookie cop fresh out of the Police Academy on Nov. 7, 1964, when he was walking a beat on Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia with a seasoned officer who was teaching him the ropes. Chitwood - who went on to become a much-honored Philly cop and is now the police superintendent of Upper Darby Township - and his partner, Mike Muto, might not have been prepared for heroics that day, but that's what they got. On the 1600 block, they saw flames shooting out of a house and a woman with a baby hanging onto a rope between the second and third floors, calling for help.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
What would it take to become commissioner of the New York Police Department within 10 years of graduating from the police academy? What kind of person could accomplish so much - and all before his 35th birthday? What drive, determination, force of will? And what sacrifices? What ruthlessness? That's the fascinating premise of the new CBS police procedural Golden Boy , which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. It's one of two new prime-time cop shows this week - the other is the TNT reality series Boston's Finest , which premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. Golden Boy is the latest addition to CBS' cop-glutted schedule and, after Blue Bloods , its second about a New York City police commissioner.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
To his comrades, he was "the Iron Man" of the Philadelphia Police Department. To himself, Sgt. Albert Gramlich is simply "fortunate" to have served a three-decade career in good health. "I just didn't get sick with anything," Gramlich said Friday as he clocked in his last day on the job. After 31 years on the force without taking a sick day off work, Gramlich said, his emotions ranged from "excited" to "nervous" as he paddled off to retirement. And a grand retirement it will be. "I'm going to travel around the country and enjoy myself," he said.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK SALLEY was one dapper cop. His neatly pressed uniform was highlighted by white shirts heavily starched. And along with his sartorial splendor, Frank was the kind of guy you wanted with you, whether at a party because of his delightful personality, or on the job because of his courage and sense of duty. Frank was a peace officer, with emphasis on the "peace. " He believed that there were very few situations that required force, and he was proud of the fact that he had never fired his pistol.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - For New York City, it wasn't an unusual sight: a possibly mentally ill woman pacing and mumbling to herself on an elevated subway station platform. The woman eventually took a seat on a bench Thursday night, witnesses later said. Then, without any warning or provocation, she sprang up and used both hands to shove a man into the path of an oncoming train. As police sought on Friday to locate the unidentified woman, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents to keep the second fatal subway shove in the city this month in perspective.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Joe Mandak, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A black man contends that he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper over false claims that he did not properly write reports and sometimes used black English when he did, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, at which, his attorney contends, nearly all troopers are white.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Mari A. Schaefer, and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Marquis apartment complex in King of Prussia was draped with yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday as firefighters drained the pool, police academy cadets swept lawns and drainage ditches, and law enforcement authorities continued looking into the abduction of a 10-month-old girl and the slaying of her grandmother. Local, state, and federal authorities are jointly investigating the abduction of the girl, Saanvi Venna, and the killing of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61. Authorities gave few details of either incident Tuesday, citing concern for the baby's safety.
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