Out-of-control crime has plagued several major American cities in recent years, and a former top cop from New York City suggested some local leaders could be looking to distance themselves from their predecessors by spearheading efforts to regain control of their city and establish certain protocols through policing.

Just last week, the newly-elected mayor of Philadelphia declared a public safety emergency amid rampant crime throughout the city. In one of her first acts as mayor after being sworn in, Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker signed an executive order declaring the emergency and directed police to develop “comprehensive plans” that address crime throughout the region.

The new order directs Police Commissioner Kevin J. Bethel, who was also sworn in last week, to work with Adam Thiel, the city’s managing director, and other departments to develop a plan within 100 days to deal with the issue.