Printer Friendly

Star For Immediate Release
December 22, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

Department of Justice releases Philadelphia Police Department first progress report on Collaborative Reform

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today released the six-month assessment report of the Philadelphia Police Department's efforts in the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. The report tracks the progress in implementing 91 recommendations on deadly force trainings, policies, and practices and improving community involvement in these matters.

In March 2015, as part of the collaborative reform process, the COPS Office released its initial report of the Philadelphia Police Department, which provided 48 findings and 91 recommendations to address officer involved shootings and use of deadly force incidents.

In the six months following the release of the initial report, the Philadelphia Police Department has made significant progress in implementing the recommendations. The department has made progress on 90 percent of the 91 recommendations (21 recommendations are complete, 1 is partially complete, 60 are in progress and the department will start work on the remaining 9).

“The commendable success of the police department in implementing these recommendations is directly attributable to the outstanding leadership of Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and reflects the commitment of the men and women who serve in the police department,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “The efforts in Philadelphia, both in requesting collaborative reform and in implementing the recommendations provided, serve as a national model.”

As part of the collaborative reform process, the COPS Office will release a final progress report that outlines all recommendations implemented in the 18 months following issuance of the assessment report.

The six-month assessment report, the Collaborative Reform Initiative: Six-Month Assessment Report on the Philadelphia Police Department, is available here. The assessment was administered as part of the COPS Office's Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance, designed to provide technical assistance to agencies facing significant law enforcement-related issues. Using subject matter experts, interviews and direct observations, as well as conducting extensive research and analysis, the COPS Office assists law enforcement agencies with enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, operating systems and professional culture. The COPS Office can issue a series of recommendations and be instrumental in assisting agencies with the implementation of those recommendations.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit