Following a string of police corruption headlines, Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter introduced new anti-corruption rules in the department.
In the wake of two major incidents of police corruption, the department is instituting new regulations to help prevent corruption from happening. Some of the changes involve adding minimum requirements for new recruits.
“We will get rid of individuals who are not doing the right thing in the police department,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says.
The announcement follows recent allegations of officers stealing drugs to resell, and most recently, an officer who took money out of a bar safe as he and others were supposed to be securing the building.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says it’s a matter of keeping the public trust.
“The vast vast majority of the men and women of this department do their jobs in an absolutely exemplary manner every single day,” he says. “They do not violate the trust that has been given to them by the community, but one officer that commits a corrupt act is too many.”
A new corruption hotline has been established as part of the effort.
The Commissioner has also received approval from the Mayor to make sure all new hires have 60 college credits or an associate’s degree, are a minimum of 21 years of age and have three years driving experience.