Ramsey Hired in Philadelphia; 'I Love Policing,' Ex-D.C. Chief Says

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Ramsey Hired in Philadelphia; 'I Love Policing,' Ex-D.C. Chief Says


Byline: David C. Lipscomb, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Former Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey has accepted an offer to become Philadelphia's next police commissioner.

"I love policing. This is a tremendous opportunity for me. I'm 57, and I'm like a kid again," Mr. Ramsey told The Washington Times yesterday, shortly after his appointment was announced.

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Michael Nutter yesterday announced that Mr. Ramsey would lead the 6,500-member department.

"We need a strong leader who has the presence, the record and the passion to make a difference on the streets of Philadelphia," said Mr. Nutter, a Democrat who takes office in January.

Mr. Nutter, a former City Council member, has said he will use "stop, question and frisk" searches to fight crime in violent neighborhoods. He also has said he wants to add hundreds more police officers to the force as the city grapples with increasing levels of gun violence and a spate of police shootings, including the slaying of a police officer earlier this month.

Mr. Ramsey said it was too early to say how he will deal with Philadelphia's crime problems because he has not had time to study them.

"We're going to analyze them and go into it," Mr. Ramsey said. "These are all problems that are fixable."

Mr. Ramsey, who spent 31 years with Chicago's police department before coming to the District, has worked as a consultant since he was forced out by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, who often was critical of Mr. Ramsey for not deploying enough officers on city streets.

Mr. Ramsey, who also was a finalist for the police commissioner's job in Baltimore in recent months, told The Times in December that he was "not interested in running another department" at the time. He said yesterday that he took the Philadelphia job because of "a desire to make a difference. …

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