Ramsey Announces Crime Fighting Plan
|Chief Wiggum and Commish Ramsey: separated at birth?|
On first examination, it is a whole lot of nuthin'. On a closer examination, it is still a whole lot of nuthin'. Read this over and tell me if I'm wrong:
PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey unveiled his crime-fighting strategy to sworn and civilian Philadelphia Police personnel at the Wachovia Center Wednesday morning.Did I miss something here? I don't see where Ramsey explains how he will reduce homicides and violent crimes. He threw out a lot of numbers when talking about percentage declines, but didn't exactly elaborate upon how he would be getting it done. The extra 200 officers on the street is a terrific idea - Lord knows we need them - but 200 officers comes to an average of only eight officers per district. Divide that by the three tours of duty, and it's only an increase of two officers per eight-hour shift. That is not all that impressive, but it's a start.
The bright spot in this plan is that many of the officers who attended the meeting came back with the impression that Ramsey really seems to care, and that is something that was lacking under Commissioner Johnson. I'll give Ramsey the benefit of the doubt for now, but again, it's early.