Phila. police commissioner testifies

January 8, 2009 9:18:43 AM PST
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey is in Washington testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Ramsey is telling senators how Philadelphia, and other cash-strapped cities, need more money to fight crime.

He talked about the need for more officers, training and other tools in a pitch to get more federal money.

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked the commissioner if Philadelphia got more money, would hiring more officers be effective in decreasing crime?

Ramsey said it would, considering last year the city got much less from the government than in previous years.

"After redeploying numerous officers to street duty, really tracking every activity with every tool available to us, we were able to have a decrease in crime. But, additional personnel would be beneficial and certainly allow us to push the rates down even further," Ramsey said.

Ramsey also told the panel that he'd like the money to go to hiring civilians as forensic scientists and lab technicians.

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