Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney talked to the Criminal Justice Society in Tuttleman Learning Center, Wednesday, Nov. 28. He explained that in his four years as the chief of police in Philadelphia the crime and homicide rate has gone down. Since his appointment by former Mayor Ed Rendell in 1998, the crime rate has dropped 8 percent for all offenses including murder, theft and aggravated assault. He has made changes in all areas of the force and established one of the best police training programs in recent years. Before coming to Philadelphia, Timoney served 29 years on the New York City Police Force and moved his way up to ranks to become first deputy commissioner in 1995.