Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey Addresses CU Students
November 14, 2013
Philadelphia Police Commissioners Charles H. Ramsey addressed Cheyney Unviersity students on Thursday. He was accompanied by members of the recruitment division.
A dozen members of the Philadelphia Police Department's recruitment division accompanied Charles H. Ramsey, Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, on his visit to the Cheyney University (CU) campus on Thursday. In his address to the students in the audience at Duckrey Social Services building, he noted, "Our recruiting unit visits colleges all of the time. The Philadelphia Police Department is the fourth largest in the United States, with thousands of employees to serve the 1.5 million residents of Philadelphia."
As he described his career path, the Chicago native admitted that he had different plans when enrolling as a pre-med student at the University of Illinois in the '60s. But at the age of 18, he began as a Police Cadet with the Chicago Police Department, became a police officer in 1971 and moved up through the Department ranks for nearly three decades. Promotions to higher positions followed, including commander of patrol, detectives and narcotics units and Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Staff Services. Other prestigious opportunities came his way including head of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC and service on law enforcement committees throughout the country. In addition, Commissioner Ramsey has been honored by his peers throughout his career. In 2008, he was appointed Philadelphia's Police Commissioner.
Ramsey is looking to the future of the department. "We are recruiting now, and plan to hire 600 to 700 officers in the next two years. There are 6500 people in our force and a number of them will be retiring. We are looking for diversity in our organization and recruits with a second language are needed especially. The starting salary is $45,000 with benefits and rises to $48,000 after completion of Police Academy training. If you want to make a difference, this is a great career."
The Commissioner was accompanied by former Cheyney University student, Commanding Officer of the Recruiting Division, Lt. Debbie Francis. More than a dozen CU students signed up with recruiters following Ramsey's talk, which was sponsored by the University's Center for Career & Professional Development.