August 21, 1992
Looking confident and reasonably fit for a big man, Richard Neal, the city's new police chief, seemed to live up to his billing as a personable leader with good instincts for soothing both internal police frictions and community conflicts during a press conference yesterday. We wish him well, and take heart in the encouraging comments made by former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Willie Williams, now police chief in Los Angeles, who had hoped Mr. Neal would get the job. The new commissioner, according to Mr. Williams, "will make the tough calls when he needs to. " As an example, Mr. Williams credited his former chief inspector for making the police internal affairs bureau much more responsive in handling complaints against officers.
August 21, 1992 |
Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing over 220 pounds, Richard Neal is the kind of person who can fill a room just by entering it. But it's more than size that makes him impressive. "Rich Neal has something that I would call presence," City Councilman Michael A. Nutter said about Philadelphia's new police commissioner. "If he sits in a meeting, if he sits in a room, it's not just his physical size, I think it's his personality. He's paying attention and he's engaged in what's going on. " It was these qualities - his willingness to listen, his personality, his intelligence - all the traits that add up to the word "presence" that Mayor Rendell cited yesterday in officially naming Neal, 52, commissioner.
June 5, 1992 |
The search panel looking for a new police commissioner has narrowed its list to nine candidates, and former District Attorney Ron Castille failed to make the cut. "I wasn't expecting too much," Castille said when told of his elimination by a reporter yesterday. "I didn't clean out my desk. " The group still in the running to succeed former Commissioner Willie L. Williams includes five candidates from within the department, two from elsewhere in the Rendell administration, and two out-of-towners who are former Philadelphians.
October 24, 1992 |
Richard Neal doesn't like to hear the name "Badlands. " The police commissioner, who at his swearing-in six weeks ago declared the fight against drugs one of his chief priorities and decried the nickname some cops have given to a drug-ridden section of North Philadelphia, yesterday took one of the steps he hopes will lead to the eradication of that name. He announced that a select group of 40 experienced police officers would be transferred to narcotics, beginning Monday. The 40 officers, Neal said, have been working in divisions throughout the city and either asked for the transfer or were recommended by their commanding officers.
June 20, 2008 |
SEPTA transit police overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract yesterday, formally ending a long-running contract dispute that prompted a brief strike last weekend. After having rejected three earlier tentative agreements, members of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police (FOTP) voted 133-9 to approve the latest agreement. The contract provides for 3 percent annual pay increases, an increase in "longevity" pay, a 1 percent-of-pay contribution by police to their health-insurance coverage, a $270,000 increase in payments to survivors of an officer killed in the line of duty, and an increase in officers' pensions.
October 29, 1992 |
Deputy Police Commissioner Alan Lewis is once again in line for a chance to run a big-city police department. Lewis, one of five candidates considered to replace former Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams, is a finalist to succeed retiring Washington, D.C., Police Chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Theresa Young confirmed that Lewis was among seven contenders - four of them D.C. police officials and...
July 24, 1993 |
Al Lewis' light shone brighter than ever yesterday. The deputy Philadelphia police commissioner, a 28-year law-enforcement veteran whom President Bush once named among his thousand points of light, was picked to become the next United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford announced that he had recommended to President Clinton that Lewis be appointed to the $79,931-a-year job, which requires Senate confirmation. "I'm quite honored and very privileged to have the opportunity to assume this position," said Lewis, a native of South Philadelphia.
July 21, 2000 |
An African-American police officer with the 24th District has allegedly confessed to selling the controversial "Welcome, America" T-shirts that seemed to celebrate the highly publicized arrest of carjacking suspect Thomas Jones, a high-ranking police source said. Kenyatta Lee, a patrol officer at the district, will be transferred to a desk job at the Differential Police Response. Lee will be at the DPR - which handles minor police complaints to police on the telephone - until the investigation is over, the source said.
October 11, 2002
HAS MAYOR STREET learned nothing from the missteps of the Rendell administration? Back in 1997, when he was mayor and Richard Neal was police commissioner, Rendell dramatically appeared at a crime-fighting conference hosted by state legislators concerned about Philadelphia's mounting crime problem. During that meeting, Rendell tried to silence his critics by claiming that crime dropped 17 percent during the first six months of the year. Rendell was forced to eat those words when the Daily News revealed those police statistics were essentially bogus.
July 12, 1998 |
Three police officers who were acquitted of corruption charges and put back on the force by a labor arbitrator will not be allowed to carry guns or wear badges for the foreseeable future. Police Commissioner John Timoney said Friday that he ordered the three officers to work desk jobs at police headquarters because of concerns about their credibility. The concerns were expressed especially by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham and U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles. Officers Edward A. Greene, Lester F. Johnson and John P. O'Hanlon were acquitted in 1996 of charges that they took $28,000 at gunpoint from bettors at an illegal North Philadelphia cockfight in 1994.