PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 12, 2024 – Asociación Puertorriqueňos En Marcha (APM), a Latino community and economic development nonprofit, commends the historic appointment of the first Latino Deputy Police Commissioner in Philadelphia in its 225-year history. During the announcement and press conference, Pedro Rosario, a 29-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department noted his vigilant focus in the Kensington area, an area riddled with gun violence and substance abuse. “The situation we have in Kensington is incredibly complicated. Anyone who has driven by Kensington, it is not something I would subject on my two daughters. What makes it ok for it to be happening here,” said Pedro Rosario as he was sworn in as Deputy Police Commissioner.
The significant milestone not only highlights Mayor Cherell Parker’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, but also recognizes Pedro Rosario’s dedication to public service and community engagement. “In his new role, Rosario will bring a wealth of experience, a unique perspective, and much needed renewed excitement to the Philadelphia Police Department,” said Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueňos En Marcha Incorporated.
“Deputy Commissioner Rosario has the experience and compassion to take the lead in the Parker administration’s mission to improve the quality of life of the residents of the East Police Division. Having the support and buy in of the officers, he has made great strides within the community, evidenced by their attendance and vocal support. As a Latino, his appointment is a moment of pride for all of us and validates the hard work and sacrifices we have made as police officers for our city and all of its residents,” said APM board member and Police Inspector Javier Rodriguez.
We are delighted that Mayor Cherell Parker expresses great confidence in Rosario’s ability to contribute to the continued safety and well-being of our city, starting with the Kensington area – our most problematic area. As previously stated by Mayor Parker, “Rosario’s and Bethal’s appointments are a testament to our city’s commitment to a police force that reflects the diversity of our community.”
APM truly believes in Rosario’s ability to lead with integrity, fairness, and a deep understanding of the issues our residents face in the Kensington area. The APM community congratulates Rosario on this historic appointment. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will undoubtedly have in his new role.
APM is a Latino based nonprofit serving the community since 1970, helping 40,000 Philadelphians annually, on a combined budget of more than $65 million, employing 400 multilingual, skilled and dedicated professionals, offering an extensive range of bilingual and culturally sensitive services at 15 sites throughout North Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Our programs include affordable housing, food security, employment assistance, early childhood education and daycare, foster care and adoption, substance abuse treatment and behavioral health for adults.