The PHA Police Department (PHAPD) has served public housing
residents since 1971. When PHA consisted of largely high-rise,
crime-ridden developments, the PHAPD comprised a force of more than
200 officers. Now that those sites have mainly been rebuilt and
integrated back into the city's street grid, they are patrolled by
Philadelphia police like any other neighborhood.
The PHAPD's mission remains as important as ever, but its
responsibilities have become more specialized. The Department
provides valuable services such as Domestic Violence Intervention,
Conflict Resolution, and Child Identification programs. In
addition, PHAPD coordinates community policing initiatives.
The PHAPD is an active participant in the Philadelphia Managing
Director's Public Service Areas Initiative, which develops
quality-of-life programs in targeted areas of the city.
PHAPD's Housing Choice Voucher Program Investigations Unit
investigates complaints against tenants who violate the provisions
of their contract. Additionally, PHAPD Special Investigations Unit
investigates allegations of criminal conduct based on complaints
from residents, employees and others regarding PHA matters.
The Department also manages the radio room, private security
contracts, site security surveys and all security-related issues
pertaining to protection of life and property at PHA developments,
offices and warehouses.
All citizen complaints against PHAPD are investigated by the
Office of Audit and Compliance (OAC). Complaints can be filed with
the PHAPD or the OAC.
Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr.
Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety
3100 Penrose Ferry Road
Philadelphia, PA 19145