Temple University will expand its police patrol borders by about 25 percent to improve coverage for students who live in off-campus housing, the university announced Wednesday.
The expansion encompasses about 20 square blocks around the university's North Philadelphia campus, increasing its total coverage area to about 100 square blocks, said Charles J. Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services.
The move follows a string of violent attacks on Temple students that occurred one day last March in an area just beyond the Temple police patrol boundaries. In one of the attacks, a female Temple student was hit in the face with a brick. Three teenage girls were subsequently arrested and charged in the attacks. Next week, a judge will decide whether they will be tried as adults or juveniles, according to court documents.