press release

‘Safety Matters’ Partners Enhance Safety Efforts For Residents, Commuters

JoAnn Loviglio
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Multi-organization strategy visibly increases public safety presence in Center City

PHILADELPHIA (November 8, 2021) – As part of a partnership of public and private agencies to enhance public safety and  to support the return of workers to public transit and to their offices in Center City and University City, Center City District (CCD) has expanded its clean and safe programs by deploying a 20-person, uniformed, unarmed bicycle safety patrol from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in office, retail, entertainment and dining areas to supplement its 100 sidewalk cleaners and 40 uniformed foot patrol safety ambassadors, called Community Service Representatives (CSRs).


To address panhandling and homelessness on Center City sidewalks, the CCD funds and has expanded the successful Ambassadors of Hope (AoH) program, a unique partnership established in 2018 with Project HOME and the Philadelphia police with support from the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health in which two teams, consisting of Project HOME, CCD CSRs and crisis intervention-trained police officers engage with homeless individuals on Center City streets and provide transport to shelter.

In October, a mental health outreach worker from Pennsylvania Hospital's Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center joined the AoH teams, bringing specialized expertise and connections to additional networks providing addiction treatment, shelter and housing for individuals with mental health and cognitive issues and the ability to assess and prepare mental health committal petitions for individuals in crisis.

CCD’s added deployment is part of a broader “Safety Matters” partnership that includes:

  • More than 200 uniformed and plainclothes SEPTA police officers deployed throughout the system
  • Coordinated patrols with the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and police from three area hospital systems and universities who will maximize coverage in key Center City transit locations
  • Redeployment of PPD resources already allocated to Center City into high-traffic commuter and transit areas during peak travel times.
  • In University City, the University City District’s 45 Public Safety Ambassadors monitor key corridors daily, with increased visibility at peak hours and locations, and provide walking escort services and homeless outreach ambassadors.

The “Safety Matters” initiative is part of a broader effort led by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. For full details on the “Safety Matters” initiative, visit

For more information on CCD’s enhanced efforts, visit

In The News

November 8, 2021 | Center City District doubling public safety presence to reassure anxious office workers, Philadelphia Business Journal
November 5, 2021 | Philadelphia welcomes back visitors for the holiday season, The Center City District has partnered with public and private agencies to embark on public safety presence to keep everyone safe., 6abc
See below for the 6abc video coverage.


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