Ramsey To Squish “No Snitch” Cop Culture
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced a plan today to put a stop to police corruption that has been dogging the force over recent weeks and months. Included are yet to be detailed measures to encourage police to tell on each other when someone’s been naughty.
“Our culture is a positive culture of service and commitment, but there is a subculture within,” Ramsey said. “People need to feel comfortable reporting criminal activity.”
“It’s always a challenge to get members to report wrongdoing,” Ramsey said when pressed by reporters whether a “no snitch” ethos was prevalent among the police.
The commissioner announced other measures designed to increase accountability in the force, including better ethics training, increased numbers in the internal affairs unit and a new hotline citizens can call when concerned about unusual police activity (215-686-3009). Complaints can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Recruiting standards will also be bumped up. Previously, new cops had to be nineteen years old with a GED. In the future (if the city ever hires police officers again after the next two cadet classes have been canceled), recruits will need to be 21 with 60 semesters of college under their belts and three years driving experience.
The press conference at the Roundhouse today was in response to ongoing headlines about crooked cops getting busted, most recently charges against officer Kenneth Crocket for stealing $825 from Pat’s Cafe and three officers arrested for allegedly stealing heroin from a street dealer.
Ramsey and Mayor Nutter repeatedly begged the press to remember that while the recent arrests have tarnished the reputation of the force, the actions of a few bad apples should not reflect on the police department as a whole.
“We will not allow the bad actions of a few to damage the great reputations of the many,” Nutter insisted, which it seems he has been saying nearly every week as cops and other city workers find themselves in trouble.
Ramsey says the police will have to earn their good name. “We will do everything possible to see that we restore the reputation of this department.”
But first, there’s bad news yet to come: The commissioner admitted that more police corruption cases are currently under investigation, though he declined to release any detailed information at this time. Keep watching the headlines.