Jan 28, 2022 - News

Temple University taps former police commissioner for safety audit

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey
Philadelphia Police commissioner Charles Ramsey during a news conference at City Hall in 2015. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Temple University has tapped former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to audit the school's campus safety operations.

Why it matters: Ramsey's hiring is part of the university's efforts to boost protections for students, staff and North Philadelphia residents after homicides reached an all-high and carjackings rose dramatically last year.

The big picture: The calls for an audit follow the death of Temple student Samuel Sean Collington, who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery near campus in November.

  • Nearly 40 people have been killed in Philly so far this year, as of Wednesday.

What they're saying: With gun violence rising throughout the city, officials began reviewing campus safety measures in December, said Charles Leone, executive director of public safety at the university.

  • Costs to hire Ramsey and the full scope of the audit have yet to be determined, Leone said.

State of play: Temple has between 105-110 police officers and spends at least $28 million a year on public safety.

  • Of note: The spending total doesn't account for some safety measures, such as surveillance cameras.

Flashback: Ramsey served as commissioner under former Mayor Michael Nutter between 2008-16.

What's next: The audit is expected to take several months to complete.

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