The Philadelphia police commissioner resigns. Statement from Mayor Jim Kenney on the Departure of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce the departure of Commissioner Danielle Outlaw from the Philadelphia Police Department. Commissioner Outlaw has accepted a new leadership position as Deputy Chief Security Officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Having served as commissioner since February 2020, Commissioner Outlaw made history as the first black woman to lead the department. Throughout her tenure, she worked tirelessly to bring about much-needed reform and address the deep-rooted issues of racism and gender discrimination that plagued the department in the past.
Amidst an unprecedented era and numerous crisis situations, Commissioner Outlaw has demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication in her efforts to serve the residents of Philadelphia. Her relentless pursuit of organizational excellence, crime prevention and reduction, and community engagement and inclusion has been commendable.
I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Commissioner Outlaw for her hard work, resilience, and professionalism, as well as her strong leadership during challenging times. Under her guidance, the Philadelphia Police Department has shown incredible adaptability and determination in upholding its core pillars.
I also want to express my gratitude to Deputy Commissioner John M. Stanford, Jr., who has been appointed as the Interim Police Commissioner. His experience and leadership will be crucial in maintaining stability and guiding the department during this transition period.
While there have been significant challenges, including riots and protests, the Philadelphia Police Department has remained steadfast in its commitment to public safety. We acknowledge the immense efforts of the department in the face of adversity and recognize the teamwork, innovative thinking, and resilience of its members.
As we bid farewell to Commissioner Outlaw, we wish her great success in her new position. On behalf of the city and its residents, I want to thank Commissioner Outlaw for her dedication, service, and for pushing forward the much-needed reforms.
The city remains committed to building a stronger, more equitable future for all our residents, and the Philadelphia Police Department will continue to play a vital role in achieving that vision.
Let us also acknowledge the ongoing challenges faced by our city, including the escalating homicide rates and the increase in robberies involving firearms, commercial burglary, retail theft, and auto theft. These statistics underscore the urgent need for comprehensive efforts to address these issues and ensure the safety of our communities.
We are committed to working together as a community, with law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders to create solutions that will make our city safer and more secure for everyone.
As we embark on this next chapter, we must remain focused on our shared goals of justice, safety, and unity. Together, we can build a stronger and more resilient Philadelphia.