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24th Police District Captain commends Memphis Street Academy Charter School

In a let­ter made avail­able by the school, Cap­tain Charles Vo­gt de­scribes how the trans­form­a­tion of the former John Paul Jones Middle School has made the com­munity bet­ter.

A Feb­ru­ary 2013 photo of a group of Mem­ph­is Street Academy Charter School fe­male stu­dents, who were en­rolled in the “D.I.V.A. Academy” pro­gram, which fo­cused on their self-con­fid­ence, goals and de­vel­op­ing skills. It is just one of the many pro­grams the school now of­fers for its stu­dents. MI­KALA JAM­IS­ON / STAR PHOTO

To: Sta­cey Cruise, 

C.E.O., Amer­ic­an Paradigm Schools

Dear Ms. Cruise,

On be­half of the 24th Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity, and the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment, I would like to take this op­por­tun­ity to ex­press my grat­it­ude to the Amer­ic­an Paradigm Schools, spe­cific­ally for the pos­it­ive changes at the Mem­ph­is Street Academy, for your con­tri­bu­tion to the bet­ter­ment of pub­lic safety in our com­munity.

The changes at the former John Paul Jones Middle School loc­a­tion, [2950 Mem­ph­is St. ] have been noth­ing short of dra­mat­ic dur­ing the past school year (2012-2013). 

Be­fore the Mem­ph­is Street Academy Trans­form­a­tion, a large por­tion of the 24th Dis­trict po­lice per­son­nel were dis­patched to the former school reg­u­larly dur­ing the af­ter­noon dis­missal. 

In ad­di­tion to main­tain­ing a con­tin­gent of of­ficers in the area of the school at dis­missal, po­lice were called to the former school on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions throughout the school year, and there were sev­er­al tru­ants stopped by po­lice each week in the sur­round­ing com­munity. 

Dur­ing this past school year (2012-2013), po­lice were no longer re­quired dur­ing school dis­missals at the Mem­ph­is Street Academy and the num­ber of tru­ants cited in the area has de­clined. 

The re­duc­tion in school-re­lated po­lice re­sponse has be­nefited the en­tire  Kens­ing­ton/Port Rich­mond com­munity, al­low­ing 24th Dis­trict patrol of­ficers to re­spond to oth­er calls for po­lice ser­vice and to provide pre­vent­at­ive patrols for the area.

Each time I have had the pleas­ure to vis­it the Mem­ph­is Street Academy cam­pus dur­ing the past school year, I no­ticed a dra­mat­ic change in the be­ha­vi­or of the chil­dren in the school­yard. 

All of the chil­dren seemed well-be­haved, or­derly wait­ing in lines and dressed in their school uni­forms. 

The chil­dren also seemed happy and in my opin­ion, it ap­peared as if these chil­dren now had a sense that they were part of a lar­ger learn­ing-con­du­cive en­vir­on­ment. 

I thank you, James Stan­ton, and your en­tire fac­ulty/staff at the Mem­ph­is Street Academy for not only your con­tri­bu­tions to the bet­ter­ment of the com­munity’s pub­lic safety needs, but also for the prom­ise of a bet­ter fu­ture through an im­proved edu­ca­tion­al ex­per­i­ence for the chil­dren that have made the pos­it­ive trans­form­a­tions to Mem­ph­is Street Academy stu­dents. 

Sin­cerely,

Cap­tain Charles Vo­gt #115

Com­mand­ing Of­ficer

24th Po­lice Dis­trict  ••

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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