Napoleon F. Kingcade
Across this City and around our neighborhoods, there are only a few good female police officers who can wear a police badge, do a good job and keep a smile on their face.
Behind the commanding officer desk at the 18th Police District at 55th and Pine Streets, is Captain Robin Wimberly, an African American woman who demands nothing but the best from her male and female officers.
Captain Wimberly, who’s the first African American female and the second woman to serve as Captain in the 18th District, stressed the importance of keeping good female police officers on her force. Even though men dominate her police force, Captain Wimberly still remains strong on keeping a good number of female officers in those respectful blue uniforms.
“Being a female and a police officer, you have to always be on your “A” game,” said the hard working captain. “Respect isn’t automatically given. As a woman, you have to earn it. As the captain, I’m open to mentoring my female officers. If they need mentoring them, I’m here to mentor them. We have a great number of female officers in the department.
“We can benefit from more female supervisors. Our numbers aren’t that high here. So, part of the process of mentoring those who are female officers here...is to encourage them to study so they can move up in the ranks.”
When Captain Wimberly graduated from the Police Academy in 1989, she was assigned her first job at the 18th Police District. She worked as a patrol officer and quickly got promoted to the Special Operations Bureau of the Narcotics Unit.
She worked hard and long hours until she left the 18th Police District and quickly took a job at the 35th Police District where she earned the district’s Police Sergeant position. During her time at the 35th Police District, (covers the Oak Lanes and Olney neighborhoods) Wimberly kept working hard with her staff of officers. The same work ethics got her through the ranks at two different police districts, pushed her into the door to become a Sergeant at the Internal Affairs Division, located at 8th and Race Street.
Her hard work continued to pay off. She soon found herself to be the Lieutenant at the 25th Police District (some of the toughest neighbors east of Broad in North Central Philly) and a few years later she became Administrative Lieutenant for Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs.
Before coming to the 18th District six months ago, Wimberly worked in the top position as the Administrative Lieutenant for the 1st Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations.
In 25 years of police service, Captain Wimberly has proven over and over again, a good woman can get the job done in the Philadelphia Police Department.
She is known for her expertise in pinpointing crime trends in the neighborhoods.
Wimberly has proven there’s no limit to what a good woman can do in a blue uniform.
“To be a good female officer, you need to be a good officer, “ said Captain Wimberly. “ Being a female is really secondary. First, you have to be a good officer. As a female police officer, you need to know your craft, hold your craft and bring it everyday. Come and do your job everyday with compassion because we are here as a service to the community.”
In the coming months, Captain Wimberly is pushing for more female and male officers to walk the beat and to be more visible in the community.
“That’s part of the whole Police Department’s plan to be in a specific area and know the citizens living in that area and to service them,” said the proud Captain. “The 18th District has a three-to-four block radius to be on beat. They walk on foot and get to know the neighbors. That’s something we are getting back to doing.”
By Laura Blackwell
I am going to be the bad guy now because I am going to be the one who dashes people’s hopes.
There was a program on WURD radio recently that stated that there is a treatment for sickle cell anemia that the medical establishment is keeping from the public.
As far as I can see this is a hoax, a cruel hoax, which could even kill.
Sickle Cell anemia is a disease found almost exclusively among black people. It developed in Africa as a defense against malaria.
If a person inherits the sickle cell trait, that person is less likely to catch malaria.
If, however, two people with the trait marry, some of their children will be normal, some of their children will have the trait, and some will have full blown sickle cell disease. The lives of people with sickle cell anemia are short and full of suffering.
Normal blood cells are round, but when sickle cell blood cell is deprived of oxygen it changes shape to resemble something similar to the farm tool which gives the disease its names.
Sickle cells cannot pass through the blood stream. They get hung up. This produces a sickle cell crisis. This condition is so painful that it has been compared to being on Calvary. A crisis can be brought on by something as simple as the common cold. If enough cells sickle, the patient dies.
It is understandable that people would want to believe that there is a treatment which would prevent such deaths, since few African Americans have not had their lives touched by it.
The host of the WURD program Nick Taliaferro lost his sister to the disease when she was 30.
I lost a second cousin. She was 16. I lost a childhood friend when he was forty. I lost my best friend to sickle cell. I talked to her on a Friday. She told me that she and her husband were going out to celebrate her 30th birthday. She went into a crisis, and was dead by Tuesday morning.
I have had a lot of personal problems with one segment of the medical establishment, but I still trust the medical establishment over James Caplan who was on the radio promoting an ozone treatment for this disease.
He says that the medical establishment at Children’s Hospital would not let him in to do clinical trials. One reason may be that at Children’s Hospital the staff loves children.
Caplan has no medical degree or research credentials. Why would they let him in? The sickle cell department at Children’s Hospital, by the way, is headed by a black doctor. I met the black head nurse.
Caplan blames his failure to gain the approval of the main stream medical community on the greed of the pharmaceutical companies; the only profit motive I can detect is Caplan’s. He manufactures these ozone devices, which are currently being used to keep fruits and vegetables fresh on their way to market.
Like the snake oil salesmen of the old West, the manufacturers of ozone devices claim that they can cure just about anything that ails you, sickle cell anemia, AIDs, cancer, multiple sclerosis, mononucleosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and most recently Ebola.
The Food and Drug Administration has never approved ozone therapy for the treatment of any medical condition. Not only is it not effective, but ozone is poison. It can kill. There have been several deaths and injuries among people who have tried to use this treatment.
People have been prosecuted for selling these devices for use in treating medical conditions.
My fear is that desperate people will spend their last pennies only to find out in the end that they have purchased tragedy.