Top honor for police brass

Two members of the Philadelphia Police Department will receive a top award tomorrow from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a national organization of progressive police officials.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross and Chief Administrative Officer Nola Joyce will both receive the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award during a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton. Ross and Joyce are being honored for developing major crime reduction programs during the past two years, when homicides have fallen 23 percent in the city, PERF officials said.

Attorney General Eric Holder will offer the keynote address at the 11 a.m. ceremony.

Past winners include former Philadelphia police Inspector Edward McLaughlin; Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey; and William Bratton, the former police chief in Los Angeles and New York City.