Emergency Team Members consist of Penn Faculty, Staff and students just like you. Team Members become critical in supporting emergency personnel in the event of a crisis or emergency. Consider volunteering today! Read More »
Security Services offers free 24/7 lockout & jump-start services to anyone on Penn's campus. Simply call 215-573-3333 and a Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location. Read More »
The PennComm operations team provides emergency communications and response between all members of the Penn and University City communities and police, fire and medical emergency responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all while virtually patrolling Penn's campus using state-of-the art cctv technology. Read More »
Policing an open, urban, multicultural and densely-populated university environment such as Penn requires at the core, a strong commitment to the philosophy of community-based policing practices. Read More »
Security Services offers free 24/7 lockout & jump-start services to anyone on Penn's campus. Simply call 215-573-3333 and a Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location. Read More »
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is a fully-accredited police department, and has been since March 2001, through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices. Read More »
The Department of Special Services within the Division of Public Safety offers free-of-charge RAD classes for both men and women! Read More »

Policing at Penn

UPPD officers maintain proactive uniform and plain-clothes patrol services, 24/7, by foot, bicycle, car and motorcycle. Members from the UPPD are highly-trained in a number of specialized areas including: emergency response, crisis and hostage negotiation, dignitary protection, traffic safety, motorcycle and bicycle patrol. The UPPD Detective Bureau is responsible for criminal investigations and crime scene processing for incidents reported to the Penn Police. Penn Detectives regularly meet and consult with students, staff and faculty regarding crime prevention and safety issues.

Community Based Policing

Community PolicingOn any given day in the Penn patrol zone, there are approximately 125,000 people studying, working, living, visiting or simply passing through the area. Policing an open, urban, multicultural and densely-populated university environment such as Penn requires at the core, a strong commitment to the philosophy of community-based policing practices. The primary policing functions of the University of Pennsylvania Police Department are law enforcement, order maintenance and service, but underscoring each of these complex functions, first and foremost, is the belief that the UPPD needs the support of the community which it serves for effective crime prevention and control. Community needs and crime-prevention tactics are identified in partnership between the UPPD and its constituents, and discussed and reinforced at every level within the UPPD, from the patrol officer to the Chief of Police. Other components of the community policing strategy include:

  • Emphasizing the enforcement of public order and quality of life crimes, such as panhandling, disorder, graffiti, public disturbances, traffic violations, obstruction of highway, defiant trespass, skateboarding and retail and bicycle thefts.
  • Identifying, analyzing and responding to conditions underlying various types of crime through problem-oriented and evidence-based policing.
  • Increasing the level of accountability and transparency of police practices through community surveys; rigorous data collection regarding all interactions between the UPPD and its citizenry; accessibility of citizen complaints against police; feedback lines to the Division of Public Safety, via phone and email; and continuous education for the Penn student, staff and faculty bodies.
  • Attending over ten community meetings in University City per month in which University residents can share their concerns, fears and questions about safety and crime.

Dedicated Detectives Unit

Detectives UnitThe University of Pennsylvania Police Department's Detective Unit is a full service squad comprised of the Deputy Chief of Investigations, 2 Detective Supervisors and 12 Detectives. Services include Criminal Investigations, Offender Processing and crime scene examinations.

The UPPD Detective Bureau is proud to have clearance rates for burglaries and robberies consistently rank higher than the average national clearance rates for the same crimes. The Detective Unit also provides Dignitary Protection for the many important University of Pennsylvania VIP's both local and from around the globe who visit our campus.

College House Detective Liaison Program

College House Detective Liaison ProgramFor the Penn community in particular, UPPD Commanders, Supervisors and Detectives have institutionalized a liaison relationship with various resource centers and divisions, including the following, in which assigned members of the UPPD meet regularly with academic and administrative leaders to provide support, answer questions, and function as a first responder to problems and concerns associated with each respective entity:

 

  • All college house residences under CHAS (two detectives per house)
  • All cultural resource centers (LGBT Ctr., GIC, La Casa, MAKUU, PAACH, and Women's Ctr.)
  • Office of Affirmative Action
  • Office of Student Conduct
  • CAPS
  • African-American Resource Center
  • Athletics
  • Alumni Relations

The Division of Public Safety embraces the motto, "Safety and security is a shared responsibility" and the members of the UPPD work diligently through open dialogue, transparency and collaboration, to deliver the highest quality of service and protection for every valued community member in the Penn and University City area.