Police Department Shake Up

Mayor Nutter and police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey today announced a series of 36 command changes meant to make the department "more streamlined and better organized."

The changes come through reorganization, promotions and retirements, including four deputy commissioners who have left or are leaving the department in the coming weeks. Five of the six police divisions also will have new inspectors and seven of the 21 of the police districts will get new captains.

FOP President John McNesby cheered the changes.

"There's some good moves in there," he said. "A lot of people going into key positions."

Among the organizational changes, the Office of Professional Responsibility, which includes Internal Affairs, will report directly to Commissioner Ramsey. The office will be headed by a new deputy commissioner, Denise Turpin.

These moves also come on the heels of a shake-up in the fire department. Last week, fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers announced a transfer process that was received considerably less enthusiastically by the firefighters' union. Local 22 President Bill Gault today blasted the transfers as "illogical and dangerous."

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