PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is adding 25 officers to the department’s Internal Affairs unit to better investigate cases of police misconduct.
In the wake of months of corruption-tinged cases, Commissioner Ramsey (above) is boosting the size of the Internal Affairs Division from 100 to 125.
He says he wants to speed up the investigation of allegations of misconduct within the ranks of the force:
“When we do get an allegation, we want to make sure that its investigated in a timely fashion. There’s nothing worse than making a complaint, and then waiting, and waiting and waiting.”
And Ramsey was pleased that many officers applied to be part of what can be an unpleasant task — investigating your own:
“Our officers are very tired of the embarrassment that comes from some of the high-profile cases we’ve had recently. And people want to do what they can to bring that under control. And I’m proud of them for that.”
Ramsey wants to cut the length of the average internal affairs investigation from the current 60-90 days to about 45 days.
The police department tonight is hosting a series of community forums throughout the city. The forums are from 6 PM to 8 PM at these locations:
Salvation Army -1920 E. Allegheny Avenue
St. Hugh’s Church – Mascher & Tioga
Lutheran Settlement House – 1340 N. Frankford Avenue
St Williams Church - Robbins & Argyle Streets
CORA Services-8540 Veree Road
Norcom Community Center-10980 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Disston Rec Center-Disston and Glenloch Street, 7pm
Kendrick Recreation Center, 5800 Ridge Ave
New Bethel AME Church, 6153 Germantown Ave
Holy Trinity Church, Marvine & Rockland Sts
Geiger Memorial Brethren Church, 2543 W. Lehigh Ave
ROC SOUTH MEETINGS:
St. Richard’s Church – 19th & Pollack Sts. (3000 S. 19th St.)
E.O.M. Club – 138 Moore St.
Wharton Square Bldg. – 23rd & Wharton Sts.
Chinese Christian Church & Center – 1101 Vine St
Community College of Phila – Center for Business & Industry – 18th & Callowhill Sts, 2nd floor #C228
Winchester Recreation Center – 2330 N. 15th Street
Ezekiel Baptist Church – 5701 Grays Ave
Christian Stronghold Church – 4701 Lancaster Ave.
YMCA – 5124 Chestnut Street
Sweet Union Baptist Church – 1536 N 59th Street
Reported By Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio