One year after Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Ramsey targeted nine high-crime police districts, is the city safer? Three new districts have been added to the targeted list. Can one, Police District 23rd, improve? Mayor Nutter’s five-year plan in Philadelphia contains the goal of reducing homicides citywide by 50 percent in five years. Is this achievable? […]
The The Philadelphia municipal budget for this fiscal year listed public safety as its top priority. In his budget address, Mayor Michael Nutter announced he does not plan to lay off a single police officer or firefighter. “We will not turn away from the gains we’ve made in public safety,” he said in the address. […]
There is no shortage of customers at Colosimo’s Gun Store on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street. A group of young men are buzzed into the store every few minutes, each time bringing in a gust of cold air through the door with a National Rifle Association sticker plastered on it. Eager customers talk excitedly among themselves while they press their noses against the glass cabinets lined with handguns. Outside, two New Yorkers wearing Yankee caps smoke cigarettes while they wait for the shooting range to open next door.
Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]