Philadelphia Police Will Gather to Honor Kal and Lucille Rudman's Commitment to Better Policing

“Today, there is general agreement that a college education will not necessarily make a person a good police officer, but a good police officer can be made better by having one.”

—Captain Brian K. Strock, Command College Independent Study Project, 2007

WHEN: Tuesday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Philadelphia Police headquarters, 750 Race Street
Since 2002, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation has provided 18 grants totaling $159,493 to help 398 Philadelphia police officers pursue higher education. The classes provide greater insights into their jobs, help foster critical thinking, and offer a deeper understanding of the city and its challenges.

PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Kal Rudman; Community College of Philadelphia Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Gregory Murphy; and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
  • Jane Rash, a scholarship recipient who is assigned to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Firearms Training Unit, will speak. She and 21 other police officers, including a colleague, Magdalen Clarke, recently finished summer classes. Rash and Clarke both received As in their Sociology class, where they learned how cultures differ, and that their own cultural lenses can affect how they view and treat different groups. “It was really an eye-opening experience,” Clarke said. “I am in the Northeast. There are so many groups there, Russians, Blacks, Hispanics and Whites. You have to deal with people on a personal basis. . .  I greatly appreciated the class. The fact that Kal and Lucille Rudman paid for it made it even better.” Clarke and Rash, who served as study partners this summer, will continue their education in the fall, taking classes together in Environmental Science and Computer Information Technology. Clarke and Rash will be available for media interviews