Commissioner Backs Off No Vacation Order During Pope Visit

By Kenneth Lipp

Philadelphia’s administrators have been preparing at length for what Mayor Michael Nutter said he expects to be “the largest event in the city’s modern history,” the visit by Pope Francis to the city in September. Authorities have stated their expectation that as many as a million will come to town for the papal appearance.

Catholic News reported: “Security concerns will need to be coordinated among the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the federal Secret Service and FBI, and police contingents from Italy and the Vatican.”

According the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 website, it would seem the department is prepared enough to step back a bit. The FOP site posts that Philly Police Commissioner Ramsey rescinded an order that “‘there will be no vacation/holiday during the Papal Visit, 09/21/15 to 09/28/15’.

The site says that vacation will not be prohibited but considered “restricted.”


About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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