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Charles H. Ramsey Biography

Former Police Chief of Washington, D.C.
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“I believe that two crimes make a city look totally out of control. That’s open prostitution and open air drug trafficking. I was appalled at the blatant prostitution taking place in the District and I have been determined to put an end to it. You’re right that often times a problem is simply displaced when strong enforcement action is taken, that’s to be expected, actually. The key is to shift resources to the new location and continue to take strong enforcement action wherever the problem crops up. Eventually, people engaged in this kind of activity either stop or leave the area altogether.”, May 11, 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, 1998-2006
  • Leadership in Counter Terrorism Award, FBI, 2006
  • Leadership Award, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
    John Carroll Society Medal, Archdiocese of Washington, 2003
  • Sigmund Livingston Award, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2001
  • Robert Lamb Humanitarian Award, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), 2001
  • Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Staff Services, Chicago Police Department, 1994-1998
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, 1993-1997
  • Adjunct Professor, Lewis University, 1992-1996
  • Deputy Chief, Patrol Division, Bureau of Operational Services, Chicago Police Department, 1992-1994
  • Commander, Chicago Police Department, 1987-1992
  • Chicago Police Department, 1968-1987
  • MS, Criminal Justice, Lewis University, 1991
  • BA, Criminal Justice, Lewis University, 1990
  • Graduate, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, 1986
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  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?