“I feel a police presence is most important and would have students feel more secure”
What happened to defund the police? What happened to the liberal narrative that policing is bad? Has reality mugged Temple students?
The College Fix reports:
Temple University students want more than lights and cameras to fight crime – they want action
Temple University officials are concerned about the crime problem in the surrounding Philadelphia area, but some students say more should be done.
The student government and the university recently teamed up for a town hall meeting on safety.
“I understand that a lot of you are angry,” student government president Gianni Quattrocchi said to students in attendance. “I’m angry too. I think there is an obscene number of incidents taking place against students and whether it’s on campus or outside of the patrol zone, it shouldn’t happen.”
“But I think what ultimately needs to be done is that there needs to be extensive communication surrounding these safety services,” Quattrochi said.
Quattrochi declined to comment to The College Fix and university president Jason Wingard did not respond to requests for comment in the past week on the timeline for improvements and if that included adding cops. Both the Temple and Philadelphia police departments did not respond to requests for comment on the situation.
Campus officials highlighted efforts including “reviewing more than 1,000 cameras, improving lighting in certain areas and making changes to the TUalert system,” according to the Temple News.
But lights and cameras are not enough.
Ethan Torri, a current student, told The Fix via social media messaging that crime has gotten worse since he started his college career.
“My sister attended Temple over 10 years ago where I was able to first see the campus and hear about the safety issues at the time,” Torri said. “Comparing now to then, it is evident that there has been steps backwards and this has become a larger concern for students in recent times.”
“Better lighting and cameras is certainly a step in the right direction and might ease concerns for some students,” Torri said. “However I feel a police presence is most important and would have students feel more secure.”
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