September 5, 2014 |
Temple University will expand its police patrol borders by about 25 percent to improve coverage for students who live in off-campus housing, the university announced Wednesday. The expansion encompasses about 20 square blocks around the university's North Philadelphia campus, increasing its total coverage area to about 100 square blocks, said Charles J. Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. The move follows a string of violent attacks on Temple students that occurred one day last March in an area just beyond the Temple police patrol boundaries.
July 15, 2014 |
DONNY SMITH, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, wants to split the sprawling 15th Police District into two districts, with a guaranteed number of officers patrolling each neighborhood. Right now, Smith said, the quieter neighborhoods like his suffer quality-of-life crimes, such as theft when cops are busy responding to the 15th's high-crime areas. "We're a blue-collar neighborhood," Smith said. "People are at work all day. They don't want to come home to find their house was broken into because there aren't enough police patrolling the streets here.
October 25, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania State Police has agreed to cut its round-the-clock security for the wife of Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley after it became apparent the agency was spending more on travel costs this year to protect her than it was to protect him. From July through the end of September, the state police paid $81,000 in travel expenses to protect Suzanne Cawley, or $20,000 more than for her husband's detail. The reason: Suzanne Cawley resumed working in May as a full-time real estate agent in New York City, a job that required her to spend several days at a time out of state.
July 16, 2013 |
BACK IN 1986, when the smoke from the MOVE cataclysm still stained the air over Powelton Village, Patrick Artur and his family had to seek police protection. Artur, longtime lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police, represented police officers who were called before the commission investigating the disaster but refused to incriminate themselves. There was never any real danger to the Arturs, and, in fact, Patrick later became friendly with Ramona Africa, who, with Birdie Africa, were the only survivors of the May 13, 1985, holocaust when police dropped a bomb on the roof of the headquarters of the back-to-nature group, killing 11 people, including five children, and destroying a neighborhood.
May 13, 2013 |
More than 30 years ago, as Charles J. Kocher and fellow officer Raymond Garrison patrolled the streets of Camden, the two got the idea of creating a city police museum, and they did, one item at a time. Officers and family members fetched old uniforms, batons, and badges from attics and lent photos dating to the 1920s. In 1981, the display opened in the lobby of the department's new Federal Street headquarters. Among the exhibits were a microphone from a two-way 1930s radio and snapshots of "potato sacks" - wool, below-the-knee police coats - and of green police wagons from the 1950s.
January 20, 2013 |
The Nutter administration announced Friday that it would not appeal an arbitration award to Philadelphia's police force, providing raises of 3 percent, retroactive to July 1, and an additional 4 percent next July 1. The package is projected to cost $15.5 million this year and about $150 million over the next five years. The 3 percent retroactive raise will add about $1,800 to the average police officer salary of $61,000. Despite the costs, the administration says its five-year contract with the Fraternal Order of Police provided significant structural improvements, the biggest a self-insurance plan for health benefits that will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
January 6, 2013
With a date certain now set for the Camden Police Department to go out of business, it becomes even more crucial to avoid any reduction in public safety in one of America's deadliest cities. The plan to shut down the department cleared a final hurdle last week when the New Jersey Civil Service Commission gave its approval to lay off the entire 270-member force by April 30. That gives Mayor Dana L. Redd the green light to replace the force with one run by Camden County. Now Redd must master a smooth transition that ensures no lapse in police protection for Camden's 79,000 residents.
February 25, 2012 |
CAIRO - One of Egypt's top presidential contenders demanded police protection Friday after masked men stopped his car on the way back from a campaign event, beat him with the butt of an automatic rifle, and stole his vehicle - an attack that many of his supporters fear may not have been random. A lawmaker from the country's most powerful political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, also was wounded in a hit-and-run Friday. The two events demonstrate the disintegration of security in the country since the uprising a year ago that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.
June 19, 2011 |
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Gays and lesbians marched in several Eastern European capitals Saturday protected by hundreds of riot police after some extremist groups urged members to stop the gay-pride rallies. Nearly 1,000 people joined the fourth Gay Pride rally in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, organizers said. Twice as many paraded through the Croatian capital of Zagreb under rainbow arches of balloons and banners for that city's 10th Gay Pride March. Hungarian gay-rights activists also took to the streets in Budapest, flanked by police in full riot gear.