Kevin Bethel, MS


Kevin Bethel served in the Philadelphia Police Department for 29 years; in his most recent role as Deputy Police Commissioner, he was responsible for Patrol Operations for the entire city.  He has created many successful programs; has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Police Commissioner’s Crime Strategy for the City; and has been recognized locally and at the state and national levels as a leader in community and trauma-informed policing.

Although his primary responsibility was to ensure public safety, throughout his career he has been committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable young people in our community.  He has deliberately pursued work in the juvenile justice field, including serving on numerous national, statewide and local committees and advisory boards; regularly lecturing on school diversion and racial and ethnic disparities at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University; and serving as a faculty member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice Leadership Institute.  His passion has always been and remains reforming the juvenile justice system.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Chestnut Hill College and a Master’s Degree in Public Safety from St. Joseph's University.