Philadelphia police commissioner resigns amid crime wave

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw will be leaving her position later this month to take on a new job with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday.

“Commissioner Outlaw has worked relentlessly for three and a half years during an unprecedented era in our city and a number of crisis situations, and she deserves praise for her commitment to bring long-overdue reform to the Department after years of racism and gender discrimination prior to her appointment,” Kenney said in a statement. “We wish her success in her new position and thank Commissioner Outlaw for her dedication to serve the residents of Philadelphia.”

The resignation comes as homicides have increased in Philadelphia in recent years, according to police data.

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