Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Mayfair: 30 New Officers Added To the 15th District Not Enough?
Residents in Philadelphia’s 15th District, the busiest district in the city, can now breathe a sigh of relief because 30 new officers have been added to assist in reduction of crime in the area.
The district polices the neighborhoods of Wissonoming, Tacony, Bridesburg, Holmesburg, Frankford and Mayfair.
In 2013, the 15th district led the city with 1,720 thefts, 1,095 thefts from motor vehicles, 836 burglaries, 672 robberies and 571 aggravated assaults reported.
Hundreds of signatures were signed on councilman Bobby Henon’s website pressing the Philadelphia Police Department for a split of the district.
Not everyone thinks that simply adding new officers will be the long-term the solution.
Mayfair Community Development Corporation president Donny Smith and chairman Joe DeFelice really pushed for the district to be split instead due to the prolonged police response times that even John McCloskey, captain of the 15th district, admitted would take over an hour on some occasions.
DeFelice credits Smith for his actions of forcing the issue to the PPD.
“You got to credit Donny our president on this one, said DeFelice. “He really responded to the community and wants the residents to feel safer.”