POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to take part in a discussion about gun violence with Vice President Joe Biden and other law-enforcement leadership in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

Ramsey heads the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank.

"This happened rather suddenly," Ramsey said. "The email came in late [Tuesday], so I had to juggle some things on my calendar to be able to go tomorrow."

He added that he's unsure whether the meeting will become a longer-term commitment, but said that he's more than willing to make the time.

"It's an important issue of national significance," Ramsey said. "I want to make whatever contribution I can."

"We're very pleased and we're very honored that [Ramsey] is a part of this effort," Mayor Nutter said. " He's well respected by his colleagues [and] will bring good information and good support to this effort."

- Staff writer Jan Ransom contributed to this report

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