The University of Pennsylvania contracts with Allied Universal Security Services to provide comprehensive guard services for the University of Pennsylvania and the University City District. Allied Universal is an acknowledged leader in the contract security industry in terms of trainings, management, technology and procedures. Over 550 Allied Universal Security Officers managed under Security Services provide coverage in all residential and academic buildings as well as highly visible foot, bicycle and motorized patrol including the 898-WALK (9255) service which offers 24/7 walking escorts.
These public safety officers, though unarmed, with no powers of arrest or investigation, maintain direct radio communications with our PennComm emergency dispatching center, and supplement the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, through additional patrols and walking escorts.
The public safety officers on patrol are a vital component to the Division of Public Safety’s program for ensuring the safety and welfare of the Penn community. All officers receive extensive training prior to employment at Penn, and work seamlessly to provide the UPPD with the necessary information for preventing and deterring criminal activities, as well as assisting in the apprehension of criminals.