PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s been a major shake-up at the Philadelphia Police Department as the homicide captain is being replaced.
The department announced Thursday that Capt. John Ryan is being replaced and Captain Jason Smith will take over homicide.
The police department says that while Captain Ryan headed homicide, detectives were able to solve 44 percent of the homicides in the city.
Ten percent higher than when he took over the division almost two years ago.
The department also said moving Captain Ryan was part of a bigger department-wide move.
Police say it’s one of numerous command moves that have taken place over the last several weeks.
The move comes as the city’s murder rate is at its highest in over a decade.
Captain Ryan will now head the Major Crimes Division.