Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has released a list of more than 150 of the city’s most wanted fugitives, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter issued a 34-page book that includes suspected murders, rapists, and armed robbers, with their photographs and last-known. “We want all Philadelphians to know who these individuals are, the crimes they’ve committed, [and] why they are making this city in the condition that it’s in. If you have information, please call 911, call your local police district,” Nutter said.
Police say repeat offenders are responsible for a disproportionate number of violent crimes, which Ramsey pledged to reduce by 20 percent in his first year. “The culture in Philadelphia is about ‘Stop snitching.’ I want to send another message: We need to start telling. We need citizens to start telling us what’s going on,” Nutter said. Nutter, who made the city’s crime rate a major focus of his mayoral campaign, has promised to reduce the murder rate by 30 to 50 percent in three years. Last year, the city recorded 392 murders, and Ramsey, in his crime-fighting plan, said he hoped to cut that figure by 100 this year.