This report provides an update to the 2008 Crime Fighting Strategy, an examination of the nature of crime in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Police Department’s strategic vision with goals and strategies set for the next five years. There are three phases in the development of the Philadelphia Police Department’s strategic vision.
1) Define the operational strategy; reorganize the organization to be aligned with our mission and values, and establish performance measures;
2) Pilot major initiatives; refine our mission; establish a policing model appropriate for addressing crime and disorder in Philadelphia;
3) Establish goals, strategies and actions based on our neighborhood policing model, and assign accountability at every level of the organization in order to meet our vision.
The current phase of our crime fighting strategy is based on the progress and the lessons learned from the past three years. The Department implemented new geographic boundaries for service within each district called “Police Service Areas” (PSA) in 2009. Our work has been and will continue to be focused on helping our District Captains and lieutenants become more strategic about combating crime within their area of responsibility. The overall goal is to advance long-term crime and disorder reduction strategies in chronic hot spots located within each PSA. This is the pillar of the neighborhood-based policing model that drives how the Department organizes and delivers police response and services.
The number of Part I crimes in Philadelphia was 75,051in 2009, and 76,334 for 2010. This is the first time since 1978 that total Part I crimes were less than 80,000 in a year. Part I crime began to increase after 1978, rising to a high of 106,078 crimes in 1998. Since 2007, homicides have dropped by twenty-two percent, shooting victims by seven percent and Part I crime by eight percent. The homicide clearance rate has improved from fifty-nine percent in 2007 to seventy to seventy-five percent over the past three years. At the end of 2010, there were nearly 30,000 fewer victims of serious crime than there were in 1998. Though these statistics show significant improvement, the Department and our partners have much more to accomplish in the coming years to realize our vision of becoming one of the safest cities in the nation.
Our neighborhood-based policing model incorporates the best elements from traditional law enforcement, community policing, hot spot policing, intelligence-led policing, and other evidence-based practices. Our strategy will be dynamic, flexible and will be designed to respond to short-term demands, while institutionalizing long-term strategies that promote sustainability around public safety.
Over the next five years, the Department will develop a modern infrastructure in terms of equipment, technology and facilities that will allow our members to successfully implement our neighborhood-based policing strategy. We are demanding excellence from our members and we must provide them with the tools to achieve our mission. Training and education will remain an integral part of our development as an organization. We will work diligently to ensure our members are accountable to each other and the communities we serve, and act in accordance with our values of honor, integrity and service. The Philadelphia Police Department will become the police department of choice not only in this region, but a model of excellence for our profession
This plan is the next step in advancing our crime prevention and fighting mission. It also acknowledges the critical role that our partners play in making Philadelphia a safer city. Public safety is a shared responsibility. All of us, residents, businesses, community organizations and other city agencies, must work together to realize our vision of making Philadelphia a safer city.