Mayor Edward Rendell

Local Law Enforcement Block Grant

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The purpose of the Safe Corridor Program is to provide an additional measure of protection and safety for students as they travel to and from school. All public schools in the City of Philadelphia participate in the program without regard to the level of crime identified in a school's neighborhood.

2. When was the program created and why?

The Safe Corridor Program was developed in 1996 to address the issue of security in and around schools.

3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?

Safe Corridor Programs instill a greater sense of security and well-being in children and their parents. The lessening of the fear of assault felt by students while traveling to and from school creates a more productive learning environment.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Reduction of the risk of being victimized
  • Preparation to effectively respond to suspicious activity
  • More immediate access to information regarding criminal activity
  • Familiarity with students, staff and frequent visitors of the school

4. How is the program financed?

The program is financed through the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Washington D.C., Phone # 800-421-6770.

5. How is the community involved in the program? How has the community responded to the program?

During the planning process for the Safe Corridor Program, the primary streets on which students travel to and from school are identified. School District and community volunteers are deployed along the streets to assure safe passage for students. After the program is in place, community volunteers provide "safe-houses" for use by children in emergency situations.

6. Contact person:

Dr. Gary Ledeberg

Director of Family Resources

Philadelphia School Board

Phone # 215-299-7461

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