Temple University will receive a $1.8 million grant to address gun violence around campus.
According to a press release, the funds were approved at a recent Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) meeting. The grant will be used for gunshot detection, license plate readers, retention and recruitment bonuses, training and CCTV cameras.
The funding will come from the PCCD Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program, which was established in 2022 to administer federal American Rescue Plan Act funding as grants to local law enforcement agencies.
"The Shapiro-Davis administration supports the Temple University community as it is grieving the loss of Police Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald," said Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, who chairs the commission. "This grant will help the Temple University Police Department to keep the campus and surrounding neighborhood safe for students and residents."
Sgt. Fitzgerald was shot and killed in the line of duty on Feb. 18.
Temple University, based in Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 1888 by Russell Conwell who had a vision for a school that would provide educational opportunities for students regardless of background or means.