August 30, 2014 (Philadelphia) - "For decades, even with the best trained officers in the country, the 15th Police District has been overworked and undermanned in serving a District that is among the largest in the City of Philadelphia. While we've continued to applaud the work done by Captain McCloskey and his predecessors, the truth is, they needed help.
Recently, in response to growing community concern and organizing efforts, I have investigated the renewed call to split the 15th District and get more cops patrolling our neighborhoods. During that time, I've engaged with the Police Department leadership, leaders of civic associations, town watches and community groups throughout the 6th District. Those groups, along with my office, have stood united in this effort through a petition drive that gathered hundreds of signatures.
I am proud to say that those efforts have paid off in the form of 30 new officers assigned to the 15th District. However, this is just the beginning. I will continue to work with the Police Department leadership on deployment strategies, including more bike, foot and car patrols along with securing a Mobile Unit. There will also be a 15th District Community Day where neighbors will get to know the officers that are sworn to protect and serve our neighborhoods. Specifics on this increased police presence, Mobile Unit and Community Day will be released in coming weeks.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed time, talent and tenacity to making this happen. This is a great first step in seeing that our Police leadership has the tools they need to protect our neighborhoods while giving our residents the assurance of safety they deserve."