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About PCCD

PCCD's mission is to enhance the quality, coordination, and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities. 

Established by law in 1978, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)  serves as the justice planning and policymaking agency for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. By bringing together a wide range of experts in the fields of criminal and juvenile justice, victim services, and related professions, PCCD coordinates the collective examination of problems, proposes solutions, and evaluates the impact of those solutions. Among its primary functions, PCCD:

  • Facilitates partnerships among federal, state, and local policymakers;
  • Fosters interagency coordination and cooperation;
  • Develops and coordinates policy issues;
  • Provides statewide criminal statistical and analytical services;
  • Fosters community-based initiatives in the areas of delinquency prevention and offender reintegration;
  • Promotes the use of information technology and information sharing to enhance operational effectiveness in criminal justice agencies; and
  • Grants federal and state funds to provide monies to support best practices and innovation.

You can learn more about the agency's strategic priorities as well as its programs, activities, and initiatives here.

PCCD's Advisory Committees & Training Boards

To better inform the Commission in its work, PCCD is comprised of six Advisory Committees, the School Safety and Security Committee, and two Training Boards.

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PCCD's Internal Offices

In addition to the Advisory Committees and Boards, PCCD is staffed by four Offices and underlying units that facilitate Advisory Committee work and implement the actions taken by the Commission. These offices include:

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Our Leadership

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Charles H. Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008, by Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  He retired in January 2016 after serving 8 years as Commissioner and leading the fourth largest police department in the nation with over 6,600 sworn members and 830 civilian members.  Commissioner Ramsey brings over forty-six years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three different major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, then Washington, DC, and now Philadelphia.

Charles H. Ramsey
Chairman

​​​​​Michael D. Pennington was appointed Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Governor Tom Wolf on September 16, 2019.  Mr. Pennington comes to this role with over 27 years of experience working in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of PCCD, Mr. Pennington was responsible for providing leadership and direction to PCCD's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements (OCJSI).

Michael Pennington
Executive Director