The murder rate in Portland decreased under Ms Outlaw’s watch but the city has far lower homicide levels than Philadelphia. While there were more than 350 homicides in Philadelphia in 2018, there were 33 in Portland in 2018.
Philadelphia’s police force has been plagued by scandals in the past year – including a sexual harassment lawsuit which prompted ex-Commissioner Richard Ross to resign.
Ms Outlaw made her first public appearance since her new role was announced in Philadelphia City Hall on Monday.
Pressed about how she believes the policing of substance abuse should be dealt with, she said: “I do not believe that first responders should be the ones dealing with these issues because they are not crimes”.