WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams and Chief of Police Bobby Cummings announced that Wilmington has retained former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey as a public safety consultant for the Wilmington Police Department.

Ramsey will assist Chief Cummings in his continuing efforts to implement community focused violence reduction strategies.

“Commissioner Ramsey has been recognized as one of our nation’s leading public safety officials, and is regarded as being at the forefront of modern day policing,” said Mayor Williams.

“As the Wilmington Police Department continues to attack violent crime, I am honored to partner with the Commissioner in this effort, as he will provide invaluable expertise and knowledge in this area.”

Ramsey says, “I look forward to working with Mayor Williams, Chief Cummings and the Wilmington Police Department to enhance the public safety efforts within the City of Wilmington. The Wilmington Police Department is headed in the right direction, and I believe with further implementation of the 21st Century Policing recommendations we can have an impact in improving police community relations and reducing violent crime.”

Commissioner Ramsey officially started today.