Since its inception in 1999, the District has made improving public safety a top priority. We're very proud of our public safety program led by Pete Herzog, a former Lower Merion Police Lieutenant. The District works with leaders from the Lower Merion Township Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department and private property managers and security forces on sharing information about crime statistics and addressing public safety concern.
Community Service Representatives
The District currently employs
eight full-time and several part-time Community Service Representatives
(CSRs) who patrol the District on bicycles from 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. They communicate directly with the Lower Merion and Philadelphia police departments and help people with
directions, car problems, and first aid. Since the first CSRs hopped on their
bikes in September of 1999, crime has been reduced by over 50% in the City Avenue Special Services District.
Emergency Notification Program
The Emergency Notification Program allows the District to communicate brief emergency messages to all commercial entities in the District at the same time. Information on crimes and/or dangerous conditions in the District can be immediately disseminated.