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Major Shakeup in PPD: The 6th and 9th Police Districts Will Merge on May 1

Philadelphia, PA  – The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) marks a significant change in its Central Patrol Division with the official merger of the 6th and 9th Police Districts. The merger is effective May 1st, 2024, at 12:01

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This strategic decision unites the capabilities and resources of both districts, allowing for a more responsive approach to the needs of Center City. The merger promises several key benefits for the community including:

  • Increased Line Squad Officers on Patrol. More officers patrolling the streets means faster response times to calls for service and enhanced backup support for officers.
  • Enhanced Supervision. More supervisors on the ground will provide improved guidance and support for officers.
  • Dedicated Community Beats Team. A dedicated "community beats" team with a supervisor will significantly increase staffing dedicated to addressing quality-of-life issues.
  • Amplified Community Engagement. Expanded 18-officer bike squad for robust visibility, aligning with Mayor Parker and Police Commissioner Bethel’s vision.
  • Streamlined Leadership. Efficient deployment of resources and personnel.
  • Increased Visibility Teams. Proactive policing in high-crime areas.

"This merger is not simply a change in structure; it's a commitment to a safer Center City," said Police Commissioner Kevin J. Bethel. "We are confident that the combined strengths of the 6th and 9th Districts will lead to a new era of exceptional service for our community."

The PPD expresses its deepest gratitude to the dedicated officers who served in the 6th District throughout its history. Their legacy will be carried forward under the banner of the new 9th District. As the department embarks on this new chapter, we will continue to honor the traditions of both the 6th and 9th, while continuing to build a stronger and safer Center City for all.

We will never forget the countless, honored officers who served the 6th District with dedication—some of whom gave their lives in service to this city. The 9th District will honor their service by continuing to serve the community with honor and integrity.

The new, combined 9th District will continue to be stationed at the Philadelphia Public Services Building (PPSB) located at 400 N. Broad Street.