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- February 3, 1998
- Volume 44, Number 20
Looking Two Ways at 40th Street
- The new Penn Police Station is actually on Chestnut Street-at 4040-but
the common reference to "40th Street" at the opening ceremonies
underscored its new location at the interface between Penn and the West
- At the gathering of some 400 wellwishers last week, speakers from President
Judith Rodin to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal emphasized
the outreach symbolized by moving across the what for over a century has
amounted to a border (of contiguous campus units, the Dental School was
for many years the only Penn installation past 40th Street).
- Executive Vice President John Fry summed up a three-point goal for
the new installation:
- First, to meet the needs of the multiple constituencies the station
will serve-Penn's students, faculty and staff, visitors and neighbors-and
the campus police force itself. Long housed in scattered locations and
often makeshift quarters, the police now have not only the high-tech professional
facilities for monitoring and dispatch, but training space, workout equipment
and a locker room.
- Second, to advance the strategy of fighting crime that calls for more
community involvement and more people on the streets. The station will
be home to campus and neighborhood town watches and can serve as a meeting
place for neighborhood organizations.
- Third, to help change the character of a key area symbolized by 40th
Street as it runs from Market to Baltimore-where economic initiatives have
also been targeted over the past two years. "The location was not
accidental," said Mr. Fry. "It bespeaks our commitment to the
community and to partnerships with our neighbors."
- A public opening with tours will be announced for later in the spring.
Newest Recruits: At the January 27 opening of the new police
station, Managing Director of Public Safety Tom Seamon (right) gave
police badges to EVP John Fry and President Judith Rodin, "an honor
not given lightly," he said. He applauded their efforts to give Penn
Police and security units "the facility they deserve and need"
to do the job of improving the quality of life for campus and neighborhood.
"If Penn is not perceived as safer, all efforts are wasted,"
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