UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Civil Unrest


UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Civil Unrest

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

  • Posted on October 26, 2020 at 9:25PM
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DPS Spring Commendation Ceremony Honors Officers and Partners in Safety

Public Safety conducted the Spring Commendation Ceremony on Wednesday, April 4th, in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium with a reception held in the Carol W. Ware Lobby in Claire M. Fagin Hall.  The Division of Public Safety, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Assembly (UA) and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), honored members of DPS, our safety partners Allied Universal, the University City District, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Fire Department, and members of the Penn Community, for their dedication, commitment, and outstanding service.

Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police, Maureen S. Rush led the ceremony which included remarks by Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, University Chaplain Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD, and a special presentation to the graduating members of the University’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) who were recognized for their dedication by Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, Gene Janda. The UA was represented by Michelle Xu, President, and Sam Shea, and GAPSA was represented by Vice President Rebecca Umbach.

Thank you to all who attended this special event.

MERT students with Chief Gene Janda and VP Maureen S. Rush

MERT students with Chief Gene Janda, Deputy Chief Mike Fink, and VP Maureen S. Rush


UA and GAPSA representatives honor Public Safety team members.

UA and GAPSA representatives honor Public Safety team members.

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