Danielle Outlaw Will Be The First Black Woman To Lead Philadelphia Police

Danielle Outlaw Will Be The First Black Woman To Lead Philadelphia Police

She will be leading over 6,600 officers.

Danielle Outlaw, 43, and the current chief of the Portland Police Bureau would become the first black woman to lead the Philadelphia Police force. As reported by The Philadephia Inquirer, former Commissioner Richard Ross had abruptly resigned last August and the post was handled by Christine Coulter on an interim basis.

She would be the leader of the country's fourth-largest municipal police department with 6,600 sworn officers and 800 civilian employees. It would be a challenge for her since the size and scope of her new job are much greater than what she has experienced so far but she has merited her position and she would be more than ready to take on the new challenges head-on.

 According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, she would be taking up the office marred by recent troubles with officers who had to be disciplined earlier following their Facebook posts that were offensive. There are also allegations against the department of having a culture of sexual harassment. Further, the ongoing spurt of gun violence would be yet another challenge she would have to tackle quite early in her job. 

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