Philadelphia Police Get Crime Analysis and Environmental Criminology Training

Commissioner Charles Ramsey adds his insight to a workshop on Crowd Control

Commissioner Charles Ramsey at a crowd control workshop

Commissioner Charles Ramsey is dedicated to keeping his department on the cutting-edge of policing. The Commissioner says, “Policing in the 21st century is complex.  We need to know what’s driving crime so we can respond appropriately.  The technology Exists now to be able to do that…as we improve ways to keep the public safe.” 

Experts from the United Kingdom, Las Vegas, and Texas recently came to Temple University to offer specialized training to Police Commanders.  This training bolsters The Philadelphia Police Department’s commitment to evidence based policing.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel attends an Environmental Criminology course


Commanders from throughout the department trained in workshops that focused on things like various crowd dynamics, crime science, and technology.  A strong focus was on Environmental Criminology – how the

characteristics of an environment can attract and generate crime.


Lt. John Stanford attends a course on Environmental Criminology

Lt. John Stanford’s view 

Lt. John Stanford attended the training and found it to be intriguing. “For myself, this training clarified the concept of Intelligence led policing , both in theory, and application”.


The training was dynamic, and was positively received by those in attendance.  For a forward-thinking department, this training was just another rung on it’s ladder towards the future. In summing up the workshop, Deputy Commissioner Nola Joyce stated “This is one dimension of building the analytical capacity of the Philadelphia Police Department.”

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