To the Temple community,
Earlier this morning, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Temple University Police Officers and Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Officers responded to a reported shooting in the area of the 1600 block of North Broad St.
It's extremely concerning any time a shooting happens near campus, and it is a tragedy to see the effects of gun violence on our community. We have worked diligently over the last few months to further enhance safety within the university’s patrol zone. In an effort to deter crime and increase positive engagement, we have increased our foot patrols by Police Officers this semester. Another enhancement has been upgrading nearly 500 security cameras. Eighteen Code Blue emergency phones have also been upgraded with 360-degree cameras, and 6ABC recently covered how those cameras already helped with the arrest of a shooting suspect. We also now offer 24-hour walking escorts, added stops to the Flight shuttle system, launched a new TUSafe safety app and we're currently vetting gun detection and license plate reader equipment, which the campus has never had before. We have also increased bike patrols in the patrol zone.
The Department of Public Safety would also like to recognize the work of our hardworking team and the partnership with the PPD. Temple Police with the use of cameras and technology were able to determine where the weapon was discarded and retrieved it, which is instrumental to the investigation. We will continue to support the PPD, who is the lead investigative agency on the case, to exhaust all leads to bring this case to a successful conclusion. We remain steadfast in our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all members of this community.
Finally, we want to remind all members of the Temple community to familiarize themselves with the university’s available safety resources. More information on these can be found at safety.temple.edu. We also want to ensure our Temple community is supported. We encourage students to contact Tuttleman Counseling Services, located at 1700 N. Broad St. For information, call 215-204-7276 or visit the Tuttleman Counseling Services website.
Vice President for Public Safety