Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Appointed PHA Police Chief

Joseph Marker promoted after serving as the housing authority's
Deputy Chief for the past two years

PHILADELPHIA - (August 24, 2017) - Joseph Marker has been appointed the new police chief at the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department (PHAPD). He replaces BranvilChief Markerle Bard, who recently left PHAPD to serve as the Chief of Police in Cambridge, Mass.

Marker came to the PHA Police Department with 36 years of experience at the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD). Before being promoted to the PHAPD's top job, Marker served for two years as the department's second-in-command.

"Promoting Chief Marker was an easy decision for me. As an Inspector with the PPD for more than 12 years, Chief Marker commanded over 700 officers and protected millions of Philadelphians. With his decades of leadership experience, I have full confidence that he will lead PHA's Police Department with integrity, fairness, and accountability," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.

Chief Marker steps into big shoes. Under Chief Bard, crime at PHA developments declined 41% in 2016 alone. He upgraded various procedures in the department to bring the unit into best practices compliance with recognized police techniques and technology. One of the practices Chief Bard employed was the usage of police body cameras.

Following Bard from the city's police force to PHA and acting as his second-in-command, Marker played a large role in implementing the changes that contributed to the improved safety of PHA communities.  Marker is intent to keep Bard's momentum going. 

"Branville and I had many conversations around the direction of the department, and we were in total agreement," Marker said. "The programs and procedures that we implemented have been successful, so I don't anticipate taking the department in a different direction. Instead, I'm going to keep building on the strong foundation that Branville established. "  

The new Chief also greatly supports the notion to recruit, hire and train PHA residents to become sworn officers. There are currently nine on the force. A tenth resident is preparing to attend the police academy starting in late September. 

"I think resident officers add credibility to the department," he says. "There's nothing like having our residents in the program interact with people who they know and who they can relate to. The officers also help the department better understand the community members we serve, which is crucial to creating safe places to live and work."

Under Kelvin Jeremiah's administration, the PHAPD has greatly increased its complement of sworn officers. The agency now has 77.