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Philadelphia Police Chief From Obama Task Force Will Retire

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NEW YORK Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who led the United States' fourth-largest police force for nearly eight years while building a national profile as a community policing expert, said on Wednesday he would retire. Ramsey, a 47-year veteran of three police departments, will step down in January, when Mayor Michael Nutter leaves office due to term limits. He is one of 19 black police chiefs among the country's 66 largest departments, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association. His tenure saw a sharp decline in Philadelphia's homicide rate, but was also marked by the widespread use of controversial stop-and-frisk tactics as well as protests over the police shooting of a black man in December.

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