The federal government has little power to force the 18,000-plus police departments around the US to adopt better practices.
“I think our department is light years ahead of the majority now. We’re trying to keep the ball rolling forward and share information with other cities,” commissioner Ramsey said.
He would not discuss other cities specifically, including Washington, where he was chief from 1998 to 2006.
However, he acknowledged that, like Philadelphia, cities where problems are exposed can go through a period of resistance before admitting mistakes and devising often painful police reforms.