This October we at GFS had the pleasure of hearing Charles H. Ramsey the current commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Force speak for the annual Mercer Tate lecture. Charles Ramsey is an extremely accomplished police officer having served in every position from a patrol officer to the Deputy Superintendent in the Chicago Police Force and many other positions in the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia and the Philadelphia Police Force. Commissioner Ramsey holds countless awards in the law enforcement field including the John M. Penrith Leadership Award from the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Commissioner Ramsey went into retirement before being appointed the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police force by Mayor Nutter in 2007.
Since Commissioner Ramsey’s entry into the Philadelphia Police Force homicide rates in Philadelphia have dropped 37% and violent crime rates have dropped 69%. In nine of the most dangerous districts, homicides are down over 40% since Commissioner Ramsey joined the Philadelphia Police Force. Commissioner Ramsey has also shown an interest in installing body cameras on all of his officers for safety purposes. Commissioner Ramsey has also served on committees nationally including President Obama’s Committee on 21st Century Policing in Washington DC. Commissioner Ramsey has served as Commissioner in Philadelphia for 8 years, and has declared that he will retire in January when Mayor-elect Jim Kenney takes over. Since then Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. has been named Commissioner Ramsey’s replacement. Deputy Commissioner Ross will start in January along with mayor-elect Jim Kenney.