“When I come to work, I look forward to making a difference in the neighborhood,” said Bonner. “Our mission is to make sure that the community is well-protected; we patrol to make sure that everyone feels safe.”
Bonner has noticed a change in the neighborhood since the NCSSD leadership began its efforts to beautify, noting that the cleanup work has led to a safer community.
Working together with the well-trained professionals at Temple’s Department of Campus Safety Services, we can make a positive impact in our community.
90% of district residents rank the quality of Temple Police services as excellent or good.
(Source: Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research 2017 Neighborhood Perception Survey Report)
We build bridges with the community
One of Officer Leroy Wimberly’s primary goals is to encourage the university’s young neighbors to view Temple police as a resource and source of safety.
“We show our youth that all cops are not bad,” says Wimberly. “I’m not just an officer; I’m a person just like them.”
With 14 years of experience as a community relations officer under his belt, part of Wimberly’s role involves maintaining a strong relationship with the NCSSD by connecting with the youth who live there.
That’s why you’ll find him each week teaching a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program to students enrolled at nearby Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School. G.R.E.A.T. is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice that forms relationships between police departments and schools.