SJU Anti-Violence Center Examines Homicide Drop in Philadelphia

Key law enforcement and government officials discuss strategies

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 11, 2014) — Philadelphia saw a notable 25 percent drop in homicides in 2013, reaching its lowest rate since 1967. While the City of Philadelphia recognizes that there is still much work to be done, officials are crediting the strategic, effective and thorough work of city law enforcement. The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence will host "The Philadelphia Experiment: Re-imagined Policing and Enforcement in the City of Brotherly Love," a closer look at the changes and strategies implemented in 2013, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., in the North Lounge of Campion Student Center.

Panelists include:

  • Richard Ross '04 (M.S.), Deputy Police Commissioner
  • Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety
  • Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director

“The Richard Johnson Center is committed to supporting and championing anti-violence efforts in the city of Philadelphia. This event provides Saint Joseph’s students and the community an opportunity to understand the methodology and tactics used to achieve this great stride for public safety in the city,” says Maria Kefalas, Ph.D., professor of sociology and director of the Richard Johnson Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kataney Couamin at 610-660-3388.

About the Richard Johnson Center: Guided by the Jesuit mission to be men and women for others, the Richard Johnson Center is dedicated to the study of cities, young people, crime, families and societal inequalities. Among the Richard Johnson Center’s priorities is the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project (, a viral effort to create a social media community for young people to consider solutions to Philadelphia’s violence epidemic. The project has brought SJU together with the City of Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and the Philadelphia Youth Commission.


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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