Philadelphia House Delegation welcomes appointment of new police commissioner

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, today welcomed the appointment of Danielle Outlaw as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner.

Outlaw comes to the city from her post as chief of police in Portland, Ore., and having served 20 years in the Oakland Police Department in her native California. The appointment was announced today by Mayor Jim Kenney.

“The appointment of Danielle Outlaw is welcome news for our great city,” Dawkins said on behalf of the delegation. “Her credentials as an experienced officer and chief, along with her impeccable character, make her well suited to lead and reform a department that has been plagued with issues of racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

“It is long past time that a woman, notably a woman of color, be given the opportunity to lead the law enforcement actions and efforts of Philadelphia and work toward the reforms that are most needed,” he said.

Dawkins said he and the delegation also look forward to teaming up with Outlaw to solve issues important to the city and state, including gun violence and nuisance establishments.

“We are eager to partner with Commissioner Outlaw to address the challenging issue of gun violence in our communities and reduce overall crime in the city,” Dawkins said. “We continue to stand with our brave police officers and now our new commissioner as we work toward commonsense gun reforms on the state level and reducing gun violence in the city.

"With this appointment, we have an opportunity to come at these issues with a fresh perspective and approach," he said.