Pedro R. Rosario
Pedro R. Rosario, Appointed Philadelphia’s first Hispanic Deputy Commissioner, accepted his new role. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

In a momentous event at Philadelphia’s 24th Police District attended by a diverse assembly of police officers, community leaders, schools, and local government representatives, Mayor Cherelle L. Parker, alongside Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, launched a groundbreaking development for Philadelphia.

Puertorican Pedro R. Rosario, a 29-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, has assumed the position of Deputy Commissioner and will spearhead a vital public safety initiative in Kensington.

This announcement transcends the boundaries of City Hall, carrying significant implications for the entire Hispanic community. Pedro R. Rosario’s appointment as the first Latino Deputy Commissioner is a historic stride toward inclusivity and representation. Mayor Parker and Police Commissioner Bethel, recognizing the importance of diversity in leadership, have ushered in a new chapter for Latinos who, for decades, have been underrepresented in crucial decision-making roles. «We are happy to have Pedro in this position because He has the experience, He knows the community, and He has been serving for 27th years.» Councilwoman Quetcy Lozada

Pedro «Pete» Rosario’s journey within the Philadelphia Police Department reflects a distinguished career marked by dedication and achievement. Commencing as a Sergeant in 2005, he steadily climbed the ranks, achieving the position of Lieutenant in 2012. In 2019, he earned the rank of Captain, entrusted with leading the 24th Police District as its Commanding Officer. In 2023, Rosario further demonstrated his capabilities by assuming the role of Commanding Officer of the East Detective Division. He has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career for his exceptional service and unwavering commitment to public safety.

One of Rosario’s primary goals is to transform Kensington into a safe area where parents feel secure, allowing their children to roam freely. Recognizing the challenges ahead, he emphasizes the importance of collective effort. Although a seasoned professional, Rosario acknowledges that such a transformative endeavor cannot be achieved in isolation. It requires the collaboration and support of the community and the backing of Mayor Parker and Police Commissioner Bethel, who are dedicated to streamlining processes and circumventing bureaucratic hurdles to achieve the shared objective.

The appointment of Pedro R. Rosario signifies a historical moment in the city’s history, not just for law enforcement but for fostering a more inclusive and representative leadership. As he takes on the responsibilities of Deputy Commissioner, the community watches with anticipation, hopeful for positive change and a safer, more secure Kensington under his guidance.


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