Cutting standards is NOT the answer ... With staffing numbers down, Police Department seeks new recruits POLICE Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that although crime is down in 2014 compared with 2013, the year is young and the police force can't seem to retain new officers to fill a gap in staffing. The news emerged from yesterday's City Council budget ... (Query: Commissioner Charles Ramsey Philadelphia Pennsylvania) Continue reading... http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-11/news/49035140_1_physical-test-police-force-police-complement Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby said the commissioner is right - the police complement is understaffed. He said the city is large enough and self-sufficient enough that it should not have to comply with state police standards. "We have way too much oversight. Our hands are tied in getting people in," McNesby said.