Charles H. Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008, by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with over 6,500 sworn members and 830 civilian members. Commissioner…READ MORE
Charles H. Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008, by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with over 6,500 sworn members and 830 civilian members. Commissioner Ramsey brings over forty years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three different major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, then Washington, DC, and now Philadelphia.
Commissioner Ramsey has been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies and leading organizational change for the past 19 years. He is an internationally-recognized practitioner and educator in his field, and currently serves as President of both the Police Executive Research Forum and Major Cities Chiefs, the only law enforcement professional to hold both of these prominent positions at the same time.
During his four years as Police Commissioner in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department has continued to make significant progress in driving down violent crime in the city. With a renewed focus on evidence-based policing initiatives, organizational accountability and a neighborhood-based policing strategy, Philadelphia has seen nearly a 14% reduction in violent crime and a 17% reduction in homicides.
In 2007, Charles H. Ramsey was a security consultant to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center and the United States Senate Sergeant of Arms. During that year, he also served on the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, led by now National Security Advisor General James L. Jones. Ramsey headed a prominent group of law enforcement professionals to review the state of Iraqi police forces for a report to the United States Congress, an effort which garnered international attention and praise.
Commissioner Ramsey served as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia (MPDC) from April 21, 1998 to December 28, 2006. He was the longest-serving chief of the MPDC since DC Home Rule and the second longest serving in Department history. Under then Chief Ramsey's leadership, the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing. Crime rates declined by approximately 40 percent during Ramsey's tenure, community policing and traffic safety programs were expanded, and MPDC recruiting and hiring standards, training, equipment, facilities and fleet were all dramatic upgraded. He also oversaw and participated in numerous high profile investigations and events in Washington DC, such as: The 1998 murders of two United States Capitol Police officers inside the U.S. Capitol Building; The Y2K National Celebration in Washington, DC; The International Monetary Fund/World Bank Protests in April, 2000; The Chandra Levy Murder Investigation, The 9/11Terrorist Attacks, The 2001 Anthrax Attacks; The 2002 DC Sniper Investigation; The funeral of President Ronald W. Reagan and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugurations.