Philadelphia Police Department

(A press event at the Police Administratio n Building to promote the donation of unneeded cell phones for domestic abuse victims.  Deputy police commissioner Christine Coulter is at lectern.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Phila. Police Reminder: Donate Old Cell Phones for Domestic Abuse Victims

Philadelphia police say they get about 100,000 calls each year related to domestic abuse — more than 300 a day.

11/20/2014

(The police car operated by Officer Mark Kimsey burst into flames shortly after he was extracted from the vehicle by passersby.)

Philadelphia Replacing Older Police Cars as Accident Probe Continues

Administration spokesman Mark McDonald says the decision was made to recall nearly 300 Chevrolet Impalas after a car fire on November 8th nearly cost an officer his life.

11/19/2014

(Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty is flanked by Philadelphia Police Foundation president Maureen Rush, holding black vest, and Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, holding white vest.  Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Huge Gift From Health Insurer Will Go Toward Bulletproof Vests For Philly’s Finest

Independence Blue Cross is giving the Philadelphia Police Department $100,000 to buy bulletproof vests.

11/13/2014

(credit: Philadelphia Police)

Alleged Corrupt Philly Cop Fights For Freedom While Awaiting Trial

The defense for an allegedly corrupt former Philadelphia police officer Thomas Liciardello is fighting for his freedom — very limited freedom — pending trial.

10/31/2014

(Geno Vento stands alongside the new plaque dedicated to fallen Philadelphia police and firefighters.  The center of the plaque shows a picture of Joey Vento, Geno's later father.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

New Memorial at South Philly Cheesesteak Shop Honoring Fallen Heroes

Geno Vento paid several thousand dollars for the monument he’s erected on the front of his famed cheesesteak shop.

10/30/2014

(Cell phone collection boxes are displayed at Philadelphia police headquarters before being deployed to police stations citywide.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Phila. Police Again Collect Used Cell Phones To Benefit Domestic Abuse Victims

The program, called “Hopeline,” is a joint effort among the Philadelphia local of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Philadelphia Police Department, Verizon, and the organization “Women Against Abuse.”

10/23/2014

(Tracy Lomax, executive secretary at the Philadelphia Police Department, shows a toy gun that the police department says looks too much like a real one.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Council Moves Toward Tougher Penalties For Selling Realistic Toy Guns

One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.

10/21/2014

(Jordan Davis testifies before City Council's public safety committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee OKs Hate Crimes Bill

Among those testifying in favor of the legislation was a transgender woman who says she was repeatedly victimized in Philadelphia.

10/21/2014

(credit: CBS 3)

Retired Philadelphia Police Officer Murdered In Virginia

Former Police Officer Virginia Hill, who retired from the force in 2002 after devoting her 24-year career to finding missing children, now has become a victim herself, murdered inside her Suffolk ,Va. Home Saturday.

10/20/2014

(Mayor Nutter and police commissioner Charles Ramsey lead a contingent of city officials making a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new police headquarters.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Work Begins To Convert West Phila. Landmark Into New Police HQ

The $250-million renovation will create new, consolidated city offices for the police department, the medical examiner’s office, and the Department of Health public laboratories.

10/20/2014

Stolen Pomeranian dog Chispa during home burglary. (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

Pomeranian Dog Stolen During Burglary Of Philadelphia Home

It’s one thing to steal someone’s television; that can be replaced. But it’s another thing to also swipe someone’s dog during a home burglary.

10/07/2014

(Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Hundreds Rally in Love Park To Denounce Gay-Bashing

A growing coalition of state lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and other leaders are pressing for an amendment to Pennsylvania’s hate-crime law to protect the LGBT community.

09/25/2014

(The attack occurred in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street.  File photo by CBS3)

Center City Alleged ‘Gay-Bashing’ Incident Now In Hands of Philadelphia DA

“We concluded our investigation and got the file over to the district attorney’s office yesterday,” says
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey. “They are reviewing it now to determine who, if anyone, should be charged.”

09/23/2014

(Photo of the alleged incident provided by ACLU)

ACLU Presses Photo-Blocking Case Against Philadelphia Cops

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed its fifth lawsuit against the Philadelphia police department related to police interfering with civilians trying to photograph arrests.

09/17/2014

(The attack occurred in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street.  File photo by CBS3)

Same-Sex Couple Speaks Out After Alleged Attack In Center City

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says they don’t take this type of incident lightly.

09/15/2014

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