The Public Safety Committee unanimously votes to continue security patrols in the neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University.
The Daily Local reports that the West Chester Borough Council Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to continue private security team patrols in the neighborhoods surrounding West Chester University next fall. The item will move to full council for a vote at the end of June. Last March the borough contracted with ELPS Security to have unarmed security guards patrol the university neighborhoods to supplement police patrols and cut down on quality of life violations. According to the Daily Local, several residents in attendence at Tuesday's meeting said that the patrols have been successful, and that they would like to see them continue. To read the complete story please click the link: here.
The West Chester Public Safety Committee gets an update on the private security teams patrolling the university neighborhoods.
The West Chester Borough Council Public Safety Committee heard testimony from ELPS Private Security owner Jeff Stein on Tuesday about the effectiveness of the borough’s campus neighborhood security patrols. “It’s very difficult to determine if it’s helping,” said committee chair Jordan Norley. “Objective criteria are hard to come by.” In March, council agreed to initiate a pilot program in conjunction with West Chester University to contract with a private security firm to help patrol the university neighborhoods on Thursday through Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “I will say having graduated from West Chester University this as been an eye-opening experience,” Stein said. “I have to admit I’ve been surprised by the amount of …