Temple University and Allied Barton Security are Now Patrolling About 100 Blocks

Brandon Lausch reports for Temple News that the Temple University Police have extended their patrol borders, and will pay University police officers and private security guards employed by security firm AlliedBarton with resources previously used to fund increased Philadelphia Police patrol of the area. Writes Lausch in  Temple University announces extension of police patrol borders | Temple University News:

“The western boundary of Temple’s patrol area is extending from 16th Street to 18th Street. The eastern boundary will be 9th Street, the northern boundary Susquehanna Avenue and the southern boundary will be Jefferson Street. “

The larger beat has been patrolled as a pilot since August, and is now being adopted permanently with the beginning of the Fall semester.

Extended patrol boundaries for Temple Police, via Temple News.

Extended patrol boundaries for Temple Police, via Temple News.

Temple’s public-safety team includes 215 full-time employees, both sworn police officers and staff, as well as 250 full-time-equivalent security personnel through AlliedBarton Security Services. Leone said that Temple Police and AlliedBarton bicycle patrols will be deployed to cover the larger area. Resources that have funded supplemental patrols by the Philadelphia Police Department will be used to help offset the additional time and patrol costs.

Temple Police may already assist with investigations of any off-campus crime that involves a student (“in cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement”). The 22nd Philadelphia Police District, the most violent precinct in the city according to department stats (and tied for most logged complaints against police officers to the Police Advisory Commission), abuts the campus on all sides.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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