At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.
Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.
Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.
Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.
Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street. There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.
Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.
The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/
Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts 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.
UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.
Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.
Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)
Help Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)
Special Services: 215/898-6600
Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)
General Information: 215/898-7297
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to retain its accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The assessment is to verify that the University of Pennsylvania Police Department is in compliance with professional law enforcement standards.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), a nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Virginia, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
– Agency employees and the general public are invited to offer comments by calling 215-573-6675 on TUESDAY, December 11, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Comments will be taken by the on-site Assessment Team.
– Agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session WEDNESDAY, December 12, 2012 beginning at 1:15 PM. The session will be conducted in the UPPD Headquarters Building located at 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Comments will be taken by the on-site Assessment Team.
All comments both by telephone and in person, comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UPPD Headquarters Building. Local contact is Sergeant Michael Belisairo, Accreditation Manager, phone number 215-573-5681.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the University of Pennsylvania Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), CALEA 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.