Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel on restoring a sense of ‘order’ to Philadelphia

By Ellie Rushing, The Philadelphia Inquirer | February 15, 2024

Board Member and former Stoneleigh Fellow Kevin Bethel spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about his top priorities for his first year as the Philadelphia Police Department’s commissioner.

Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel inherited a city and police department at a crossroads.

High rates of gun violence. An open-air drug market that has made national headlines. An increase in nuisance crimes. An understaffed police force. Residents — and a new mayor — who want to see change.

And now he has about 55 days to draft a plan for how to address all of that.

“I’m not counting,” he said with a smile.

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