The Inquirer today features an editorial entitled "Safe Streets: The sequel
" which expresses the hope that new Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross will have more than words to offer the goal of decreasing city violence in Philadelphia.
Ross, promoted earlier this month from captain of the homicide unit, is Johnson's choice to oversee a new strategy that includes the reassignment of up to 700 officers. Plainclothes narcotics cops are being ordered back into uniform to work alongside highway patrol officers at selected high-crime locations.
The officers' focus will be to lock up criminals before they get a chance to shoot someone. Because federal laws for gun violations are tougher, two U.S. attorneys are being assigned to work with police in each of the city's six detective divisions.
A short overview of past efforts is provided along the way.