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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw sat down with Fox News Digital and discussed the current state of violent crime in The Birthplace of America.

Philly saw a record number of homicides last year, with a total of 562 homicides, compared to 499 in 2020 and 356 in 2019. The number of homicides so far in 2022 has dropped by more than 10%. At the same time last year, 241, total violent crime increased by about 7%.

According to the Philadelphia Police Department’s (PPD’s) weekly crime statistics, most of this increase is due to a 58% increase in armed robberies, with 1,294 gun robberies reported this year compared to 819 during the same period last year.

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“Residents are starting to feel frustrated, of course. There’s a general feeling of fear, whether it’s perception or reality just because of the numbers you see,” Outlaw said at the 2022 Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) / Major Cities Major Association (MCCA). ) Annual conference in San Francisco earlier this month. “Our killings are down a bit, but … we’re still seeing a lot of gunfire.”

The homicide rate has dropped by less than 10% so far in 2022, with 216 homicides so far this year compared to 241 at the same time last year, bringing the total violent crime to about 7%.

The homicide rate has dropped by less than 10% so far in 2022, with 216 homicides so far this year compared to 241 at the same time last year, bringing the total violent crime to about 7%.
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The number of guns in the city seems to have increased, then they were legally bought and stolen, legally bought and sold to criminals or domestic.

In addition, over the past two years, large, metropolitan police departments have been presented with a number of challenges: first Covid-19 and criminal process backlog; Then anti-police protests and rhetoric, including calls to defend the departments; According to Outlaw and other police chiefs who spoke at the conference, later with staff shortages.

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“We are neutral. Law enforcement, neutral. Politicians come and go, and when all this is said and done, law enforcement is still here. We are that. [are] We’re still standing, “said Outlaw.” We, as a business, have done things to get our own way, so I can fully understand the reform accountability and… rethinking public safety and how and why we do things. … But we want ‘you want more training, and you want more equipment, and you want to predict future trends and patterns’ and at the same time do you want to defend us? ? Of course, that doesn’t make sense. “

She added: “It requires investment. So, now the poll is saying: ‘We want to meet you. We need more police on the streets. We want to feel safe.’ It needs funding. “

The number of guns in the city seems to have increased, then they were legally bought and stolen, legally bought and sold to criminals or domestic.

The number of guns in the city seems to have increased, then they were legally bought and stolen, legally bought and sold to criminals or domestic.
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The Commissioner of Police said she believes that in order to successfully address the violence, the PPD, District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office, and other areas of the criminal justice system in Philadelphia must continue to “advance communication everywhere.” Thus, repeat offenders are not released on bail after arrest and “everyone knows this person … is a bad person, is a violent person with a criminal history, and is not a person who should be out for x, y and z. Reasons.” . “

“The court system has been closed for at least a year. There is a backlog, so some people who would have been convicted at this time would not have had the opportunity to go to court,” Outlaw explained.

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While “a very small percentage” of people in Philadelphia “run a large part of violent crime,” the PPD is watching the same people “get out on bail or be part of this revolving door,” the police commissioner said.

Many individuals who have contributed to gun violence in Philadelphia are out in court cases due to court backlogs or released on bail.

Outlaw added that “the epidemic has exacerbated many of the social inequalities we see around access to health care, access to homes, access to food only, when the… administration closed schools due to covid.”

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw said he believes that in order to successfully handle the violence, the PPD, District Attorney Larry Krasner's office, and other areas of the criminal justice system in Philadelphia need to continue. "To advance communication across the board.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw said that in order to successfully address the violence, the PPD, the office of District Attorney Larry Krasner, and other areas of the criminal justice system in Philadelphia must continue to communicate.
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“[W]They lost a lot of our warm touchpoints, especially around young people, because we see our shooters getting younger and our shooting victims getting younger too, ”she said.

PPD relies on local, state, and federal partners to fill staff shortages while increasing violent crime. The department is losing staff for suburban departments, even if those departments pay less, because officers face fewer investigations or the amount of work in Philadelphia, Outlook explained.

The department recently waived the requirement for Philadelphia police officers to make it mandatory to stay in the city for at least one year before applying. Recently the age requirement to start training to become an officer in order to attract new officers and retain existing officers has been reduced.

Even after the last two years, law enforcement officers still have the opportunity to “look back and tell what worked and what didn’t,” Outlaw said.

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“It simply came to our notice then [have] It’s something we’ve never experienced before, be it gun violence in the community, attacks, the attacks we’ve seen on police officers, covid sickness, covid death – you name it. Things that only happen once in a lifetime, usually independently, have happened at the same time in the last two years. “

Her Commissioner of Police added, however, that she is “absolutely convinced” that Philadelphia will “go to a better place in the year to come.”