Statement from PCPA concerning Floyd incident
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. George Floyd. The sad death of George Floyd at the hands of a group of police officers in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25th brought back a focus on how black and brown citizens of the Commonwealth are treated during police-citizen encounters. We have all viewed the video of the arrest of Mr. Floyd. It is apparent that in this instance and ones like it, we as a profession have failed to provide the most basic protections that are afforded to all citizens. This failure should not have been acceptable in Minneapolis and is not accepted in Pennsylvania. Law Enforcement leaders must address the unacceptable and criminal conduct by these officers. Our Association does not routinely inject ourselves in matters that occur in other States; in this case our opinion is not only necessary and sharing it is the appropriate thing to do. It is our obligation to confirm our values, our oath, our sworn duty and our responsibility for the protection and inviolability of human life.
Pennsylvania law enforcement leaders have viewed the video of Mr. Floyd’s death and are outraged by what they observed. Police brutality, negligence, and the failure to render aid are unacceptable in law enforcement. As an Association of police leaders, we are committed to providing our members with guidance on best practices and policy. What transpired during Floyd’s arrest is inexplicable. The placing of a knee on an individual’s neck while the individual is on their stomach is not a justifiable application of non-lethal force and is widely discredited by professionals because it may cause suffocation (positional asphyxia).
The PCPA’s mission is to assist and support Pennsylvania police departments in attaining the highest level of professionalism. The majority of police officers in Pennsylvania undergo the most up-to-date training on implicit and overt bias, the appropriate use-of-force, modern de-escalation techniques, cultural diversity, and fair and impartial policing. There has been an emphasis on controlled tactics training, so if an officer is confronted with an individual who refuses arrest, the officer knows what measures are appropriate and effective without increasing risk of injury. The PCPA facilitates grants for the use of body-worn cameras. The Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation process for police departments in 2001, thus ensuring participating agencies’ policies reflect the most modern and progressive 21st-century policing practices and promotes community trust and accountability. Over the last decade, law enforcement leaders have made great efforts to engage the communities they serve and protect. They have engaged in meaningful and productive discourse with elected officials, citizens, community leaders, clergy and groups dealing with different forms of bias and racial injustice. Many of our Association members have worked assiduously to reduce inequality in any form within in our Commonwealth.
The PCPA Executive Board and the members of our Association join the overwhelming number of our nation’s leaders in disgust regarding what has been seen in the video. This incident should not ruin the progress that has been made or obstruct the work that must be done to combat injustice and violence in our State. As we all grieve over the loss of Mr. Floyd, Pennsylvanians need to come together and work against social injustice and make our Commonwealth equally safe for its citizens.
Pennsylvania law enforcement officers take an oath/affirmation to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to uphold, obey and enforce the law without consideration of a person’s race, color, sex, religious creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, handicap or disability. Our officers have continuously shown that they are compassionate individuals who are willing to sacrifice their safety for their fellow citizens. It is our moral and professional duty to reflect the values of our community, and we are proud and committed to upholding this obligation.
Scott L. Bohn
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
Joseph A. Ley
Chief of Police
Ross Township Police Department
Coronavirus and the Ross Township Police Department
During these unprecedented times, rest assured that the Ross Township Police Department will be there to provide services and protection to the residents and the businesses of the Township. Officers have been equipped with equipment to help keep them safe and to keep anyone that possibly may be infected safe as well. We are working closely with our counterparts at Ross-West View EMS, as well as the fire departments and our Emergency Management Team in a joint effort to keep everyone as safe as possible. We ask the public to do their part as well by following all guidelines in place from the Local, County, State and Federal governments. It is imperative to follow all of these guidelines and those established by the CDC in an effort to keep all safe and to contain and mitigate the virus.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Ross Township Police Department website. This site will provide a comprehensive look at the capabilities and quality of the officers of the department. All of our officers are proud of the high level of public service that we provide to the citizens of our community, our businesses and our guests. We are a full service police department and pride ourselves on delivering and maintaining excellent standards. I hope you find the website educational, informative and also learn what an excellent job the officers of the department do on a daily basis. I encourage you to become active in keeping up to date with occurrences in the township and your neighborhoods. Please take advantage of the services provided here to receive alerts, notifications and other pertinent information put out by your police department.Also, as a personal safety reminder: When you are out and about driving on the roadways of the Township, please be certain to adhere to all of the rules of the roadway, including stop signs, posted speed limits and traffic signals. Please help to do your part to keep our streets safe for our children, residents and guests. Thank you,
Chief Joseph A. Ley