Portland Chief Danielle Outlaw Hired To Reform Philly PD As New Commissioner

Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw has been selected as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner.

Philadelphia, PA – Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw has been selected as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner.

Chief Outlaw, who has led the Portland Police Bureau’s 1,000-member force for just over two years, was among 31 candidates vying for the Portland police commissioner position, The Oregonian reported.

Eighteen of those candidates are members of the Philadelphia Police Department, which is comprised of 6,500 sworn members and 800 civilian members.

She will replace former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who resigned in August, the Philly Voice reported.

“While I am new to Philadelphia, I am not new to the challenges of big-city, 21st century policing," Chief Outlaw, 43, said on Monday, according to The Oregonian.

“Modern policing is data-driven, but the paramount factor is not so easily quantified: trust — the trust residents have that their police force will keep them safe and treat them with respect," she said. “I am convinced that trust can be restored, here and across the nation. I am convinced community-police relations can be rebuilt and fortified through dialogue, transparency, and accountability.”

Chief Outlaw, who made an annual salary of nearly $241,000 as Portland’s first female African American police chief, will start out at $285,000 per year in Philadelphia, The Oregonian reported.

She will also be the first African American female to lead the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he selected Chief Outlaw as the city’s next commissioner because she is a reformer, The Oregonian reported.

“Make no mistake: while I have tremendous respect for our officers, the Philadelphia Police Department needs reform,” Kenney declared in a statement. “I am appointing Danielle Outlaw because I am convinced she has the conviction, courage, and compassion needed to bring long-overdue reform to the Department.”

Kenney said that the city is in the midst of “trying times” due to “decades of injustice.”

“With our support, she will tackle a host of difficult issues, from racism and gender discrimination, to horrid instances of sexual assault on fellow officers," the mayor proclaimed. “These are issues that too often negatively impact women — especially women of color — within the Department. Commissioner Outlaw will implement reforms with urgency, so that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination are not tolerated.”

While solving those issues, the commissioner-to-be will also “work relentlessly to combat crime, particularly homicides and other violent crime,” Kenney added, according to The Oregonian.

“It was time for an outside look,” the mayor said. “I can tell you that after meeting and speaking with her at length, she possesses the strength and integrity vital to the task ahead.”

Chief Outlaw thanked Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for selecting her to head the Portland Police Bureau, and said it was an honor to have served the city.

"For police chiefs, I don't think there is ever an ideal time to transition on to our next role in life. However, I am making this transition on good terms,” she said in a statement on Monday. “I leave knowing the Bureau will remain committed to community safety while building trust.”

Wheeler released a statement praising Chief Outlaw for the “positive difference” she made in Portland.

“She came to Portland exceedingly qualified for the position of police chief, and leaves more prepared than ever for her new position in Philadelphia,” Wheeler noted.

Portland Police Association (PPA) President Officer Daryl Turner said that Chief Outlaw “supported the women and men” of the department during her tenure.

“She proved she could make hard decisions by making the tactical changes in the Bureau that enforced the rules for protests and began the process of restoring order in Downtown Portland,” Officer Turner added. “Her accomplishments are all the more significant because they happened at a time when Portland simply could not recruit and retain police officers. And we continue to face the worst staffing shortage in our history.”

“Chief Outlaw had to navigate a history of uniquely difficult political dynamics in regards to policing while leading an organization that was both severely understaffed and under-resourced,” the union president said. “We wish Chief Outlaw all the best and look forward to working with Chief Resch.”

In April, Chief Outlaw told a meeting of Portland city commissioners that there are 120 vacancies in what should be a department of 1,000 officers for the city, KOIN reported.

Out of more than 60 applicants for public safety specialist jobs, only three were able to pass the required background check.

But the head of the police union said in a press release at the time that the officer shortage has less to do with passing the background check than the police bureau’s inability to attract the best applicants because of anti-police sentiment in the city, KOIN reported.

Chief Outlaw also banned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from using the city’s law enforcement training facility back in September.

"The use of PPB's training facility by other law enforcement agencies should be consistent with City values," Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a press release.

The PPB had signed a two-year contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) December of 2018, which allowed agents from ICE and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to lease and utilize the city’s Training Division facility.

The facility includes two firearms ranges, a vehicle operations area, classroom space, and a scenario village training area.

But on Sept. 16, the police bureau was alerted that there was a potential conflict between “city values” and ICE being allowed to lease the facility, according to the PPB press release.

"A mistake was made due to miscommunication during the contract approval process,” Chief Outlaw said in the release.” When the oversight was brought to our attention, we took immediate action.”

The department has already implemented a new process for future contracts “which ensures proper oversight, review, and approval of contracts,” the chief added.

Portland City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty’s office praised the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for having alerted the police bureau that ICE shouldn’t be allowed to use the city’s training facility.

The DSA is an openly radical anti-police group that was part of the “Occupy ICE” protests, and aims to “end all ICE activities” in Portland, The Oregonian reported.

"We greatly appreciate the work of DSA to help terminate the contract with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations,'' Hardesty’s community outreach coordinator, Matt McNally, said in a letter to the DSA, according to The Oregonian.

"Without you bringing it to our attention, it could have very well gone unnoticed,” McNally wrote. “Our office believes that in no case should a sanctuary city be receiving funding from organizations as diametrically opposed to the values of sanctuary, such as ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. Thanks to your organization’s work, we can now say that Portland will not be.''

The DSA said that getting ICE kicked out of the Portland police training center was “a small victory in a much larger battle,” according to The Oregonian.

Chief Outlaw will step into her role as the Philadelphia police commissioner on Feb. 10, according to The Oregonian.

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flybynight
flybynight

Hey SG, isn't that the thing you sent me the picture of that was crawling around on the beach in Africa? Looks like it.🤔

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

A "reformer", just what they needed. SMFH!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

You've got to be kidding - well, it's not like Philly could get any worse with her there.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Gotta read the statements of everyone at the link. Mayor included:

“...But make no mistake: while I have tremendous respect for our officers, the Philadelphia Police Department needs reform. I am appointing Danielle Outlaw because I am convinced she has the conviction, courage, and compassion needed to bring long-overdue reform to the Department. After meeting and speaking with her at length, I came away confident that Danielle Outlaw possesses the strength, integrity, and empathy vital to the tasks ahead.

“With our support, she will tackle a host of difficult issues, from racism and gender discrimination, to horrid instances of sexual assault on fellow officers. These are issues that too often negatively impact women — especially women of color — within the Department. Commissioner Outlaw will implement reforms with urgency, so that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination are not tolerated.

...She understands the history of race relations in Philadelphia, particularly the distrust that many residents justifiably harbor in the wake of decades of injustice. She will be devoted to listening and encouraging constructive exchanges of ideas and concerns from all Philadelphians. Danielle Outlaw will tackle divisiveness with dialogue.

“These have been trying times, with fear and anger fueled by decades of injustice and, more recently, abhorrent rhetoric at the national level. I know Philadelphians can rise above it. Whether you are a longtime resident worried about crime on your block, an African American man who fears being unlawfully stopped for a broken taillight, or a patrol officer who feels unappreciated by those you serve, I ask for your help...

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Oh my goodness! She is in for a cultural shock! Portland is 77% white and 5% black. Philly is 49% black and 41% white. Choosing her as police commissioner is like choosing a round peg for a square hole! She is in for a rude awakening and you can kiss Philly goodbye.

Ibizian
Ibizian

Maybe she'll take antifa with her.. Pretty sure Philly won't put up with that shit...

JBoH
JBoH

Chosen because under her leadership Portland is such a drug free, law abiding, friendly and welcoming city.

This quote from neighborhoodscout.com: "With a crime rate of 62 per one thousand residents, Portland has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 16."

TASPOL Ret.
TASPOL Ret.

You poor bastards

chiefd
chiefd

With a name like OUTLAW, what could possibly go wrong? What experience does she have besides letting Portland become a bastion for Antifa and other radical, anti police , anti USA, anti American groups?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Chief Outlaw announces today that she is replacing the department’s existing Glock firearms with squirt guns. “We feel that the new firearms will be less lethal and in keeping with my philosophy of reducing officer induced deaths.” She also announced she will be inviting Antifa to open a branch in Pholadelphia due to her strong relations with them in Portland .

Mama1959
Mama1959

Is Philly a sanctuary city?? If not, it will be.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Philly is a whole new world for this new Chief, as the culture of the city is ingrained, and she or anyone else will not be able to change that component of the locale. She may change some policies and fire a few, but overall make Philly like other cities PDs, no way! Antifa would not survive the streets in Philly. If they tried to set the businesses on fire, it would not be the cops they would face, it would be hell coming without probation. You leave the hippies on grass behind and face true street fighters on whatever is the norm on that particular day. Good Luck Cheif you are going to need it

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

"Commissioner Outlaw." Well, you just can't make this shit up. Portland, oh Portland, such an example of a peaceful place, of course you want to pay her for vital advise. Give me a fucking break. We need to start stringing people up for incompitence and graft.

Raymelson
Raymelson

With her belief in Antifa an her stupidity will go over like a fart in a Baptist church so my thoughts are Portland is doomed

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

One piece of colored trash leaving Portland was great for Portland. She will continue her ignorant leadership in Philly, thank goodness Philly is already fricked up so no great loss. Cops should have already been leaving.

colonelorville
colonelorville

SAME OLD CRAP! HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOOD LUCK TO THE POOR BASTARDS WITH THE PHILLY POLICE DEPARTMENT. 85 YEAR OLD RETIRED SFPD-AND HAVE LISTENED TO SO MUCH OF THE SAME MANURE.

artw44
artw44

You can't make this stuff up, stupid is, as stupid does. Congrats, black lives don't matter as long as it's black people killing them, is running your city now. Good luck with that! Get ready to start paying out more to the ghetto lottery winners that are going to start coming out in droves.

sanman899
sanman899

Typical democrat hire. Hire a failure with a failure resume. Just like CA and it's current governor. Fail, Fail, Fail. What's wrong with these folks?

Stanracer
Stanracer

A black, female, no doubt Democrat police chief. Yikes, that's scary! Good luck.

magnumforc
magnumforc

OMG...now Philly will become another Portland cesspool of ultra liberalism. Say goodbye to yet another good police department.

HalJordan
HalJordan

Mayor Ted Wheeler is the Police Commissioner in Portland. Chief Outlaw took orders from him. The impression I had when I lived in Oregon was that Wheeler was keeping the Portland Police from going after Antifa, and Outlaw had no choice but to comply. The Portland Police Association (their labor union) has been very critical of Wheeler and the City Council in the past, so for them to praise Outlaw kind of reinforces the idea that she was a good chief who was reined in by a bad Mayor. She probably just got tired of all the BS and decided to start sending out resumes.

Done-did
Done-did

This POS helped the 'RATS' destroy Portland. Good job Philly. Following in the same footsteps as trashed other demorat cities.

bronx163
bronx163

PHILLY IS A FUCKING SHIT-HOLE

SAME PROBLEMS AS NYC.

THEY WANT TO BLAME THE COPS FOR THE ANIMAL, AND SAVAGE ACTIONS OF SHIT HOLE PERPS. COPS ARE NOT THE ONES COMMITTING BLACK ON BLACK CRIME HISPANIC ON BLACK AND VICE VERSA CRIME ACTIONS.

YOU GIVE EVERYONE WELFARE AND DEBIT CARDS FREE HOUSING FREE CELL PHONES, CABLE TV, CLOTHING THEY FEEL THEY ARE ENTITLED TO TAKE YOUR SHIT AT WILL.

THANK GOD FOR DONALD TRUMP. YOU NOW HAVE TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO FIND A JOB ON WELFARE NOW.

GOD HELPS THOSE WHO GO OUT AND FIND A FUCKING JOB.

PHILLY COPS JUST TAKE A REPORT AND PICK UP NEXT JOB.

GIVE THESE RACE BATER SAVAGES WHAT THEY WANT, HANDS OFF.

MAKE PHILLY LOOK LIKE BALTIMORE WHICH ITS NOT TOO FAR FROM THAT.

Wish505
Wish505

Really???? So many will be stealing her lunch...she will not ever have enough lunch in her picnic basket.

sanman899
sanman899

Philly will be forced to hire convicted felons soon cause no one else will want the job.

DR226
DR226

Well antifa will be pleased with Outlaw in charge in Philly,. Wonder if she'll have officers stand down during the next protest in Philly if violence breaks out.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm sure Portland PD will be glad to see her leave. After all, with an anti-LEO/pro-criminal DA in Philly, I'm sure he will love to work with a police commissioner who ordered her personnel to not enforce the laws during the Antifa riots

Dixiedamit2
Dixiedamit2

Get her an Lightfoot together...."Lightfooted Outlaw "

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

I'm wondering if people joining the DSA and others who are in support of them are aware that the officers of the Third Reich and Nazi SS regime were national socialists too.