Temple University leaders meet with police and mayor to strategize on dealing with gun violence near campus – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Months after a Temple University student was fatally shot during a robbery, along with other incidents of gun violence near campus and parents raising the alarm about safety , the college is making some changes to help calm the community. The university released its list Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday, Temple University leaders met with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and Mayor Jim Kenney. They proposed new strategies to address gun violence and keep students safe.
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“It’s nice and reassuring to know that this is one of the administration’s top priorities,” said one student.
Fight against violence in and around campus.
Temple University is beefing up security and adding new strategies to fight crime.
“We live in a pretty dangerous area, so I think it’s necessary for them to increase security and everything,” said another student.
Some strategies include a security upgrade grant program allowing landlords to add cameras and install lighting, increased campus and city patrols – almost doubling the number of officers – a neighborhood watch program to help patrol neighborhoods, and more housing on and near campus will be available for students.
The university will relocate students for the remainder of the semester.
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“We all live together, so we hardly leave the house unless one of us is with at least one other person,” said one student.
“On campus I feel relatively safe, but sometimes when I get home, depending on the time of night, if I’m alone or with people, it can depend,” said another student. “I will say there has been an increased police presence lately.”
Students tell Eyewitness News they hope these measures are here to stay.
“Every time an incident happens it seems like there is a surge in police force for a few days or maybe a weekend and then things go down,” said one student. “But I feel like it definitely illustrates another precaution being taken.”
They believe that these new measures will even reassure their parents.
“Like knowing there’s more security and a lot more people watching over students on campus, I feel like that puts families at ease and it also puts a lot of students at ease. ‘comfortable,’ said one student.
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will audit campus security services. It will start next month.
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CBS3’s Jan Carabeo contributed to this story.