The Center City District (CCD) has expanded our existing clean and safe programs by deploying a twenty person, uniformed, unarmed bicycle safety patrol and one safety patrol vehicle from 11 am to 11pm within the District, seven days per week.
The new patrols augment and coordinate with services that the CCD has provided for the last 30 years, including 100 teal-uniformed, sidewalk cleaners who sweep all Center City sidewalks no less than three times each day and remove graffiti; and 50 teal-uniformed, unarmed, Community Service Representatives (CSRs) who patrol daily on defined foot beats on Center City sidewalks and in CCD-managed parks to provide information, offer assistance to the public, deter crime and serve as “eyes and ears” on the street.
The new teams, wearing bright yellow jackets marked Safety Patrol, operate seven days a week, including holidays on Center City streets. Bike patrols are initially focusing on prime retail and office blocks within the District from 11am to 11pm, while the patrol vehicle is operating from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight in retail and restaurant areas. Like existing CCD CSRs, the new Safety Patrols are unarmed, act as a deterrent and function like a professional town watch.
Additional Safety Patrol personnel are also deployed in two CCD managed parks, Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park, particularly during events, freeing up CSRs who have been stationed in the park to provide more assistance to pedestrians on city sidewalks.