In light of recent events the safety in Temple’s community, the University and off campus
housing are taking steps to keep their students and residents safe.
The Temple University Police Department has come to an agreement with the Philadelphia
Police Department. This agreement will provide supplemental patrolling from the Philadelphia
Police Department. This will add up to 288 extra hours of patrolling weekly.
Temple was also awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime
and Delinquency. The grant will be used to add safety enhancements like gunshot detection
devices, license plate readers, and CCTV cameras and upgrade the police department’s record
management system. On top of that, the grant will also be used to help officers. Including
recruitment and retention bonuses, crisis intervention, and new training.
The TUPD will also be hosting a graduation for eight new officers on March 17, 2023, as they
graduate from the police academy.
The new officers will begin onboarding immediately and will be enrolled in the Field Training
Officer Program and assigned to a TUPD trainer as part of the onboarding process. They also
have several potential candidates who will begin training in the police academy later this month
and have posted an open lateral officer hiring process. TUPD will begin testing for an additional
police academy pool of candidates in April.
Additionally, an off-campus apartment building called The Nest 1324 announced a new amenity for its
residents. They will now be offering a shuttle to transport their residents to and from campus. In
a statement from Kerrie Owens, The Nest 1324, the shuttle has been bought and should be up
and running shortly.