Ramsey: Tough to Recruit Enough New Police Officers

But doesn’t want to lower standards too far.

CBSPhilly reports that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he’s having problems filling out the ranks of his force — particularly with African-American men, who represent just 9 percent of officers. (At its high, the number was 16 percent.)

“We’re looking at every single phase, to see where we’re losing people and whether or not it’s a problem of standards being too tight, that would unnecessarily eliminate people.”

Case in point was the minimum age to apply for the Police Academy.


Ramsey said,”We had (earlier) raised the age to 21. We (have since) lowered it back down to 19. The reason being, that many people couldn’t wait to get jobs. By the time they turned 21, they already had other employment.”

But Ramsey cautioned that lowering application standards can only go so far.

He said the goal has to be to get not just more people into the department, but "people of quality," adding that emphasizing the tech aspects of the job might make it more appealing.

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  • CrankyPants

    Umm…the standards might be too tight and unnecessarily eliminate people? Are you freaking insane? Raise the standards, you buffoon!

  • Enuf already

    Albeit late, this is an April Fool’s joke, right?! Standards too tight?! When it comes to the safety of the public, putting said safety and rights into another’s hands, giving them a gun to enforce this (I believe in the right to own a gun), our standards should be the highest possible for said individuals. They should be held to the highest standards in order to perform that job. We’ve lowered them and look at what’s happened. They were even given the answers to the tests but couldn’t be bothered to study and were passed anyway. One of the most stupidest comments and thoughts ever voiced. And we wonder what’s wrong with Philadelphia – this is just one.