City of Philadelphia, Fraternal Order of Police agreement allows expansion of civilians in police department

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A historic agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police and Philadelphia will allow the city to expand the use of civilians within the police department.

Responsibilities that will be reassigned include traffic enforcement and issuing tickets for abandoned cars.

According to the arbitral award, the new employees should bear the title “Public Safety Enforcement Officer”.

Hiring is set to begin early next year.

This will allow more police to patrol the streets as part of the city’s crime-fighting strategy.

In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney called it a “major step forward in our work to improve public safety.”

“It will improve our ability to keep Philadelphians safe by strategically deploying civilians to support department work while allowing law enforcement officers to focus on critical law enforcement tasks,” Kenney said.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said this will allow officers to be reassigned to roles within the department where “their law enforcement skills, experience and powers can be used more effectively.”

Outlaw said it will also reduce the likelihood of department staff burnouts.

“Put simply, civilizing is bringing more ‘boots-on-the-ground,’ which is what this department needs to better serve our communities,” Outlaw said.

“It’s important that we get more police officers onto the streets to fight serious crime, and this award helps us do just that,” City Council President Darrell Clarke said in a statement. “Hiring public safety enforcement officers will free law enforcement officers from duties such as monitoring traffic or issuing tickets to abandoned cars and allow them to focus more on preventing and detecting more serious criminal activity. This is a public safety win and we are proud of the support and role the City Council has played on this critical issue.”

Another big issue is recruitment.

The agreement includes two retention bonuses of $1,700 each for officers who remain in their positions through next July.

New hires are offered a $2,000 signing bonus

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