Ramsey Unveils Police Anticorruption Plan In Philly


After high-profile cases of alleged criminal wrongdoing in the Philadelphia police department, Commissioner Charles Ramsey has outlined a plan to weed out bad cops that emphasizes prevention, training, more investigators, community and police input, and higher recruitment standards, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. Noting that “the vast, vast majority of the men and women in [the 6,600-member force] do their jobs in an absolutely exemplary manner every single day,” he said “one officer that commits a corrupt act is too many. And it tarnishes the reputation of every single member of this department. And it’s got to stop. It’s got to stop.”

Since Ramsey became chief in January 2008, 51 cops have been fired. Twenty-seven were dismissed on criminal charges, while 24 others were dismissed for noncriminal matters. Ramsey plans to increase the number of investigators in the Internal Affairs Bureau, and up the number assigned to the task force with the FBI that focuses exclusively on investigating police corruption; require sworn and civilian members of the department to fill out a survey, which can be done anonymously, jotting down any acts of corruption they’re aware of by their colleagues; and allow the public an easy way to report alleged police misconduct. Starting Monday, a new hot line, 215-686-3009, will allow people to leave anonymous messages, and an online form will be available at www.phillypolice.com

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