DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) notified Universities and Colleges in our region that threats of violence have been made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia”.
The information includes a specific date of Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. central time/ 2 p.m. eastern time.
We have been advised by ATF and the FBI that they have “no knowledge of any specific threat”. However, in an abundance of caution we are working closely with Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies to monitor this unspecified threat. The Division of Public Safety has increased our police, security officer and CCTV patrols.
We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Division of Public Safety via 215-573-3333, Blue Light Emergency Phones or 511 from a University telephone.
The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.
Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.
Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register
Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian for information on the PennGuardian system
Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)
The HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)
Special Services: 215-898-6600
Walking: 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)
General Information: 215-898-7297
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department’s goal is to improve the quality of services provided, to promote a high level of public confidence, and to enhance and maintain the professional integrity of this department and its members. That is, the UPPD and its members will perform their duties within the boundaries of established contemporary legal and ethical standards. The department has established and promoted these standards through clear, written policy statements, rules and regulations, and through the thorough and impartial investigation of all allegations of misconduct or complaints regarding the directives of the department.
A formal procedure to receive, document and investigate all citizen complaints allows the department to monitor and enforce standards. Behavior deviating from these adopted standards will not be tolerated. With a meaningful and effective procedure for handling citizen complaints, we believe citizen confidence in the integrity of the department and its employees has been achieved and maintained.
It is the policy of the department to accept, document, review, and investigate all instances of alleged misconduct. The focus of these investigations is to equitably determine whether the allegations are valid or invalid and to take appropriate action. All allegations of misconduct will be investigated, regardless of whether initiated by citizen complaint, other external agencies, internally generated, or discovered through the internal review and administrative processes of the department.
It should be understood that the department expects and receives the highest degree of integrity from its members. Anonymous complaints, or complaints from citizens who wish their names to be held in confidence, shall be accepted for investigation. Citizens offering anonymous complaints are advised that our ability to investigate the complaint may be limited by their anonymity.
All citizen complaints concerning alleged officer misconduct shall be documented and investigated by the department. Citizens who have complaints should expect action. All complaints shall be accepted in a courteous, understanding, and professional manner.Forms are available in the following locations:
Complaints may be submitted: in person, by telephone, fax, in writing, or submitted electronically from the DPS website.
Upon receipt of a citizen complaint, the Office of the Superintendent of Police shall contact the citizen and advise him/her that the matter is under investigation. If necessary, the citizen shall also receive periodic status reports regarding the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the citizen will receive written notice of the final disposition of the case from the Office of the Superintendent of Police.Upon receipt of a citizen complaint, the Office of the Superintendent of Police shall contact the citizen and advise him/her that the matter is under investigation. If necessary, the citizen shall also receive periodic status reports regarding the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the citizen will receive written notice of the final disposition of the case from the Office of the Chief of Police.Questions regarding the UPPD Citizen Complaint Process may be directed to the Office of the Superintendent of Police, 215.898.4483.
View the University of Pennsylvania Police Department’s tracking document for complaints and internal investigations for the last three years:
The below Penn offices may be contacted should you have questions about this process or need assistance.