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.


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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