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January 24, 2017

Wolf names Charles Ramsey chairman of Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency

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Ramsey  Matt Rourke/AP

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks during a TEDxPhiladelphia 2015: And Justice for All event, Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will take over as chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, adding to a growing list of roles he's assumed since retiring last January.

In his new position, Ramsey will oversee a collaboration between public servants and private citizens to represent all aspects of criminal justice and juvenile justice.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency focuses on research, policy, planning, training, evidence-based programming, technology, outreach and support services. Its mission is to enhance the quality and coordination of the state's justice systems, facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime and increase the safety of Pennsylvania communities through justice-related programs embraced by experts.

“Charles Ramsey has spent the last 46 years dedicated to serving the public,” Wolf said. “From his time as a cop on the streets of Chicago to his exemplary leadership of the Philadelphia Police Department, Charles Ramsey has continuously shown his commitment to serve and protect his community. That is why I am pleased to announce that he will continue that service."

After eight years leading the Philadelphia Police Department, Ramsey has been assisting Chicago police on civil rights reforms and was retained by the Wilmington Police Department as a public safety consultant. He was also named a visiting fellow for Drexel University's Department of Criminology and Justice Studies and recently joined CNN as a network contributor.