Charles H. Ramsey
American police chief
Charles H. Ramsey
Charles H. Ramsey, is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. Prior to assuming that post in January 2008, he had served as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) from 1998 to 2006. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he joined the Chicago Police Department as an 18-year-old cadet in 1968. After serving six years as a patrol officer, he was promoted to sergeant in 1977.
Biography
Charles H. Ramsey's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Charles H. Ramsey
News
News abour Charles H. Ramsey from around the web
Out With The Warrior, In With The Guardian. Transforming Police Culture
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Deborah Ramirez, Tara Lai Quinlan, and Marcus Wraight In a recent town hall meeting in Ohio, Donald Trump called for the national use of the controversial police "stop and frisk" practice. Trump claimed the practice "worked incredibly well" in New York City. Even beyond issues of constitutionality, what Trump critically failed to grasp was that it was used to racially profile large numbers of Blacks and Latinos. Trump also failed to recognize the significant role stop and frisk played in damaging relations between police and New York City's ethnic minority communities. Now, amidst a national climate which national law enforcement leaders like Charles H. Ramsey, retired commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, are calling for police to repair their relationships with ethnic communities across the nation, something must be done. The answer is changing the culture of policing from a warrior model to a guardian model. In far too many communities, the police are viewed -- ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
The New Chicago Police Civil Rights Adviser Is A Smart Hire -- For Rahm Emanuel's Reputation
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519417042&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=undefined&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, plac ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Why Do We Laugh At Viral Stars Like Michelle Dobyne And Antoine Dodson?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Let's start with the screenshot above. It's an image from a video of Michelle Dobyne, a Tulsa, Oklahoma woman who escaped an apartment fire earlier this month.The video, featuring Dobyne animatedly telling a local news station about her ordeal, quickly went viral this week, the way that so many of these videos do. You know the type, with "wacky," "ghetto" black neighbors hilariously giving their eye witness accounts of horrific news events.  Like Antoine Dodson, Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown before her, the video of Dobyne's interview has racked up millions of views. There's now an auto-tune remix of the clip, and it's sparked its own catchphrase: "Nuh-uh, we ain't gonna be in no fire -- not today!" According to TMZ, Dobyne apparently now has a manager, a guest spot on the "Maury" show next week, and already is setting her sights on a career in stand-up comedy. Her story, which started with a fire that nearly destroyed the small apartment she shared with her three kids, see ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
The Logic of the Police State
Huffington Post - about 1 year
People Are Waking Up to the Darkness in American Policing, and the Police Don't Like It One Bit Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming -- and it’s all the fault of activists. In May, a Wall Street Journal op-ed warned of a “new nationwide crime wave” thanks to “intense agitation against American police departments” over the previous year. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went further. Talking recently with the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, the Republican presidential hopeful asserted that the Black Lives Matter movement wasn’t about reform but something far more sinister. “They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murder of police officers,” he insisted. Even the nation’s top cop, FBI Director James Comey, weighed in at the University of Chicago Law School, speaking of “a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year. ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
The Logic of the Police State
Huffington Post - about 1 year
People Are Waking Up to the Darkness in American Policing, and the Police Don't Like It One Bit Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming -- and it’s all the fault of activists. In May, a Wall Street Journal op-ed warned of a “new nationwide crime wave” thanks to “intense agitation against American police departments” over the previous year. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went further. Talking recently with the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, the Republican presidential hopeful asserted that the Black Lives Matter movement wasn’t about reform but something far more sinister. “They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murder of police officers,” he insisted. Even the nation’s top cop, FBI Director James Comey, weighed in at the University of Chicago Law School, speaking of “a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year. ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Philadelphia police boss exits after crime, corruption fight
Yahoo News - over 1 year
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Ramsey was 15 when he had his first encounter with the kind of violence he has worked nearly five decades to end.
Article Link:
Yahoo News article
Nutter Says Williams Not Smart Enough; McCoy Criticizes Kelly Over Black Players; Reward for Shooter
iradio philly - almost 2 years
Mayor Nutter responded to Democratic primary candidate for mayor, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams who said if elected he would not re-hire Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. At a memorial service for fallen police officers and firefighters...
Article Link:
iradio philly article
Takeaways From The Federal Report On Deadly Force By Philadelphia Cops
NPR - almost 2 years
The Justice Department crunched years of data after Charles Ramsey, the city's police commissioner, requested that it look into how and when his officers used deadly force. » E-Mail This
Article Link:
NPR article
As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
As talk of law enforcement reform continues to swirl in the aftermath of the Department of Justice's Ferguson report, some communities have quietly made progress in addressing how police interact with students. Traditionally, police stepped on school grounds to respond to emergencies, such as those involving threats or major acts of violence, or to provide security, such as at arrival and dismissal times and at special events. What's new is the growing trend of having police stationed in schools full-time. In other words, schools have become some officers' beat. And like traditional policing, many officers walk this beat armed. The consequence has been the rise of the school-to-prison pipeline, a disturbing trend where police officers get involved in routine student conflicts and disciplinary matters that are not particularly dangerous or violent. The result is too often an escalation of the incident resulting in students' removal from school through arrest, citation, or fine. ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Police probe Philadelphia homicide detective for possible connection to series of murders
Fox News - over 3 years
FOX 29 News reports 16-year veteran Detective Ronald Dove has officially been suspended for 30 days with the intent to eventually dismiss on the orders of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
Article Link:
Fox News article
Police Use Of Surveillance Technology Jeopardized By NSA Leaks, Official Says
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Chris Francescani PHILADELPHIA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Public disclosures about U.S. government surveillance threaten the ability of police to use powerful new technologies such as drones and mobile license plate readers, a top law enforcement official said on Sunday. The leak of highly classified documents by National Security Agency Edward Snowden prompted tighter restrictions on key technology advances, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. The disclosures, including about monitoring of U.S. phone records, threaten to erode existing authority to use high-tech equipment, he said. "The scrutiny that the NSA has come under filters down to us," Keenan said at the annual gathering that draws top law enforcement from the United States and elsewhere with workshops, product exhibits and conferences. He sai ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Video: Phila. police commissioner asks DOJ to review officers' use of force
CBS News - over 3 years
Thirty-seven people have died in 125 police-involved shootings in Philadelphia since 2011. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has taken the extraordinary step of asking the Justice Department to investigate his department's use of force. Elaine Quijano reports.
Article Link:
CBS News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles H. Ramsey
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    On October 14, 2015, Ramsey announced his retirement from the Philadelphia Police Department, to take effect on January 5, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In 2014 President Obama selected Commissioner Ramsey to serve as Co-Chair of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
    More Details Hide Details Commissioner Ramsey has also served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA).
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Ramsey came out of retirement to accept the position, and he was sworn in at the beginning of Nutter's term as Mayor on January 7, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Since Commissioner Ramsey assumed his position, the city's homicide rate has dropped 37 percent and violent crime 31 percent. In the city's nine most dangerous districts, which account for 65% of homicides and 75% of shootings, homicides are down by over 40 percent. Ramsey's tactics have included installing a network of surveillance cameras in the city's most dangerous sections, increasing the number of cops on the beat, and moving police patrols out of their squad cars and onto foot patrols or bicycle patrols.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    On November 15, 2007, Philadelphia Mayor Elect Michael Nutter nominated Ramsey as Police Commissioner.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2006
    Age 56
    Even though Ramsey's official last day was December 28, 2006, he stayed on until January 2, to deal with security during the state funeral of former president Gerald Ford.
    More Details Hide Details
    On November 20, 2006, Ramsey announced that he would step down as police chief on January 2, 2007, the inauguration day of Washington, D.C Mayor-Elect Adrian M. Fenty.
    More Details Hide Details Fenty selected Cathy Lanier, a 39-year-old commander of the MPDC's Homeland Security Division, as his replacement.
    On January 13, 2006, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that the arrests violated the Fourth Amendment and that Chief Ramsey could be held personally liable for the violations.
    More Details Hide Details On August 2, 2007, City officials in Washington agreed to pay $1 million to more than 120 of the protesters, on top of other settlements by the D.C. government, including one for $640,000. Ramsey was represented by Mark Tuohey who generated at least $1.53 million in fees for his law firm Vinson & Elkins. According to testimony given by Detective Paul Hustler, Ramsey himself gave the arrest order, although he has repeatedly denied this. Hustler claims he overheard Ramsey say "We're going to lock them up and teach them a lesson."
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    In 1998, he became the MPDC chief.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure, he was involved in several high-profile cases as chief of police in Washington, D.C., such as the Chandra Levy murder investigation. He has also been in the spotlight since the September 11 attacks focused attention on security issues around Washington, D.C. Ramsey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He has served as an adjunct professor at Lewis University and Northwestern University. Ramsey's eight-year tenure as Chief of Police saw crime rates decline about 40%, the expansion of community policing and traffic safety programs, and improved MPDC recruiting and hiring standards, training, equipment, facilities and fleet. He reorganized the department to cut bureaucracy, and created Regional Operations Commands to oversee the quality of D.C. police services. He helped to create a non-emergency 3-1-1 system and made crime information readily available to the public through CrimeReports.com.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Superintendent.
    More Details Hide Details
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    He served as Commander of the Narcotics Section from 1989 to 1992 before spending two years as a Deputy Chief of the police force's Patrol Division.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1984
    Age 34
    He was appointed a lieutenant in 1984 and became captain in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 27
    After serving six years as a patrol officer, he was promoted to sergeant in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 18
    A native of Chicago, Illinois, he joined the Chicago Police Department as an 18-year-old cadet in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)