A wide range of services to reduce and prevent crime and to enhance the perception of safety in Center City Philadelphia.
Alert Philadelphia provides immediate notification of emergencies to Center City businesses, employers, property owners, hospitals, residential groups, community leaders, law enforcers, first responders and private security representatives, among others. Critical information is relayed on a timely basis via email and text message. Alert Philadelphia is a partnership of the Center City District and the Philadelphia Police Department.
The Center City District (CCD) has expanded its existing clean and safe programs by deploying a twenty person, uniformed, unarmed bicycle safety patrol within the District on two overlapping shifts, 11 am to 7 pm and 3pm to 11 pm, seven days per week. The bike patrols expand upon services that the CCD has provided for the last 30 years and are closely coordinated with police and other private security. To learn more, visit the Safety Patrol page.
Working with the Philadelphia Police Department, the CCD uses state-of-the art, computer-generated mapping techniques to identify crime trends or patterns and make strategic deployment decisions.
CCD staff use computer tablets to record, map, and relay troublesome conditions in the public environment to over 20 responsible public and private agencies in Philadelphia. In order to effect rapid resolution of public space challenges and create a culture of cross-communication among all participating agencies, the Collaborative meets bimonthly to share information, discuss common issues and learn about specific efforts underway that reinforce public safety and the appearance of downtown Philadelphia.
In 2002, the Center City District launched a Community Court, to address quality-of-life crimes such as prostitution, graffiti and retail theft. These non-violent misdemeanor crimes were largely falling through the cracks of the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Community Court's goal was to get defendants in front of a judge as quickly as possible and offer them community service and social services in exchange for a suspended guilty plea. The Court operated successfully for a decade until, due to changes in leadership in the criminal justice system and lack of renewed city funding, it suspended operations in 2012. To learn more, read Philadelphia Community Court: A Model for Other Pennsylvania Cities from The Pennsylvania Lawyer, March/April 2012.