In accepting the North Broad Renaissance Award on behalf of the department, Temple University’s vice president for public safety praised the department’s many innovative safety measures as well as the diligent work of Temple police officers, dispatchers, security guards, and administrative personnel.
“We were recognized for our collaboration and community work,” said Temple’s Vice President for Public Safety Jennifer Griffin, who proudly accepted the North Broad Renaissance Award on behalf of DPS. “Temple police officers, dispatchers, security officers and administrative staff work hard every day to make the North Philadelphia community a safer place to live, work and learn, and the award just goes to show that the North Philadelphia community is feeling the effects of our dedication to improving the quality of life here for everyone.”
Griffin also credited several new safety initiatives that she believes are having a positive impact on campus and within the university’s patrol zone.
Following an agreement made earlier this semester, Public Safety now has access to around 140 additional surveillance cameras that are under the management of the Philadelphia Police Department and are situated within the university’s patrol zone.
“We’ve always shared footage for investigative purposes. But now, we have direct access, so the video can be seen right into our Communications Center, where our dispatchers monitor almost 1,500 cameras 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Griffin.
Temple’s new TUSafe app had more than 4,500 downloads during the current fall semester, which is more than twice as many compared to the number of downloads of the university’s previous safety app during the fall semester of 2022.
“We are happy that the Temple community has embraced this important safety resource, and we encourage everyone to download it and become familiar with its capabilities,” said Griffin.
Additionally, for the first time, Public Safety operates on a new 12-hour shift schedule created for police officers, which has increased the number of Temple police officers patrolling within the university’s patrol zone.
“Police work is a high-stress profession, and the new 12-hour shifts give police officers more time to rest, recharge and recover,” said Griffin.
Griffin also recently became a Pennsylvania sworn law enforcement officer in an effort to build a stronger bridge between Temple and the North Philadelphia community. She has increased training for police officers; beefed up the department’s social media presence; purchased new safety vests, guns and vehicles for police officers; bought new monitors for dispatchers who work in the Communications Center; launched a new hiring campaign, which is still accepting applications for police officers until Dec. 15th; and stepped up foot patrols.
“During the fall semester, Temple Public Safety launched a new policy called Park and Walks, which have permanently increased foot patrols on and around campus,” she said.
The launch of Park and Walks was reported by several news outlets, including CBS Philadelphia, which reported “about 130 additional hours of foot patrols have increased every month.”
DPS has also participated in more than 60 events and reached over 6,000 students, staff, faculty and community members just this semester.
“And we’re just getting started,” Griffin added. “The team and I are currently working on several new initiatives to enhance safety. We’re looking forward to rolling those out next semester.”