To the Temple community,
Last night, at approximately 10:25 p.m., Temple University Police Department (TUPD) officers and Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) officers responded to the 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, following the report that that an individual had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.
It is a tragedy to see another young person become a victim of gun violence in the city, and our thoughts are with both him and his family.
I would, however, like to recognize the job done by the Temple University Public Safety team. Within minutes after arriving on the scene, TUPD police officers and dispatchers were coordinating with the PPD and were able to apprehend and arrest a subject, who was involved in the off-campus shooting. The dispatchers worked diligently, relaying information from Temple's Communication Center out to our police officers, who were then able to quickly make the apprehension less than an hour after the initial report.
This was an exceptional example of both teamwork and police work, and it illustrates how our dispatchers and police officers continue to go above and beyond to serve and protect this community. Last week, we announced a number of new campus safety enhancements and improvements that were put into place over the summer. The Code Blue emergency phones that have been updated with 360-degree cameras played a role in helping to bring this apprehension to fruition.
We are immensely grateful to the entire Department of Public Safety, their efforts and continued dedication.
Jennifer D. Griffin
Vice President of Public Safety at Temple Universi